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Eric Guinivan

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Eric Guinivan

Biography

Eric Guinivan (b. 21 January 1984, Wilmington, Del.) is an American educator, composer and percussionist.

Dr. Guinivan began studying percussion at age 10 and is an active performer currently based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Eric received Bachelor of Music degrees in composition and percussion performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and holds master's and doctoral degrees in composition from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

Guinivan's output includes works for orchestra, wind ensemble, percussion, brass band, chamber orchestra, film, and a wide variety of chamber ensembles and solo instruments. His music has been performed by orchestras and chamber ensembles across the United States, Europe, and Asia. His works have received several awards and honors, including three BMI Student Composer Awards, three ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, and grants from Chamber Music America, the Theodore Presser Foundation and Meet the Composer. He has received commissions from the New York Youth Symphony, Lake Union Civic Orchestra, the Firebird Ensemble, the Michigan Music Teachers Association, ASCAP, the Society of Composers, Inc., the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and pianist Vicki Ray, among others.

The composer's works have received notable honors from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, BMI, ASCAP, the Theodore Presser Foundation, and Meet the Composer. Eric has received commissions from Chamber Music America, the Fromm Foundation, New York Youth Symphony, the International Horn Society, Lake Union Civic Orchestra, the Firebird Ensemble, Staunton Music Festival, the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and the Society of Composers, Inc., among others.

Eric’s music has been featured at numerous international festivals and conferences, including Cello Biennale Amsterdam, the Banff International String Quartet Competition, Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the College Band Director’s National Association National Conference, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Royal Northern College of Music Brass Band Festival, the North American Brass Band Association National Championship, the International Trombone Festival, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and the American Liszt Society Festival. In 2021, Eric was composer-in-residence at Millay Arts and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico.

Also active as a percussionist, Eric was a founding member of the GRAMMY-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet and has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles across the country. During his time with LAPQ, Eric presented concerts throughout California and recorded his work Ritual Dances at Skywalker Sound. Eric made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 performing as soloist with the New York Youth Symphony in the premiere of his work Meditation and Awakening for percussion and orchestra. Eric has also performed as soloist with the Downey Symphony and the University of Southern California Thornton Symphony, and regularly performs with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and Staunton Music Festival in Virginia.

Dr. Guinivan is currently [2022] assistant professor of composition at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.


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