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Eric Roth photo by Jim Newberry.Eric Roth is known for an original and expressive musical personality, recognized internationally as a composer, orchestrator/arranger, conductor, producer, performer and educator.

Eric is the primary orchestrator and arranger for Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, the internationally acclaimed live orchestra concert production and recording artist, and A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY, the new chamber ensemble concert production. His orchestrations and arrangements have been performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, etc.

In 2011 Eric was the orchestrator and Associate Producer for Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony and also for 2013’s follow-up recording. For the forthcoming 2014 A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY – Live in London, Eric is a producer and orchestrator/arranger.

He was the conductor for the “Surprise, Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular,” at the United Center, Chicago 2011 for a list of performers that includes Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Usher, Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Foxx and Josh Groban.
  He’s been the conductor for performances by the Utah Symphony Orchestra, the KMH Symphony Orchestra (Stockholm, Oslo), and for orchestra/ensembles with artists such as Five For Fighting, Seal, Jewel and Stevie Nicks.

Commissioned original music includes Lyceum for Percussion Ensemble and solo recitation, Marquette, Michigan, The Clark Street Bridge Project for 80-plus percussionists—for the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and Secret Cheese—for the Tate Modern, London. Also, original music for the documentary film Baseball’s Been Very, Very Good To Me: The Minnie Minoso Story, ER’s own recording of minimal percussion music Battery, etc.

Eric’s taught at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music (New York), Boston University (Distance Ed.) and other institutions.  ABD for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music composition at The Graduate Center (CUNY), Eric holds a MA from Mills College and a BA from the University of Michigan.  His composition teachers include Tania Leon and Alvin Curran.

Eric lives in Chicago with his wife Allie, daughter Anouk, and son Cleo.  He’s been Associate Music Director at AWR Music since 2011.

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