The Norwegian pianist Erling R. Eriksen, studied with Professors Einar Steen-Nøkleberg and Hans Leygraf at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, and with Professor Alfons Kontarsky at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. Here he received his Meister Class Diploma in 1981.
After a critically acclaimed debut recital in 1978, Erling R. Eriksen has given concerts in many European cities, as well as in the USA, Canada, China and Japan. He has recently worked closely with his colleague Professor in Stavanger, soprano Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz and mezzo-soprano Ann-Beth Solvang (Hamburg State Opera).
Professor Erling R. Eriksen teaches the piano at the University of Stavanger, Department of Music and Dance. Since 2009 he is also affiliated with the Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo. He has given master-classes a.o. in Weimar, Stockholm, Oslo, Paris, Guangzhou and Nanjing.
In 2007, Erling R. Eriksen released a complete CD- recording of J.S. Bach’s Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, which has received rave reviews. Other recordings: Songs of Eyvind Alnæs (Simax), Edvard Grieg (Naxos) and Christian Sinding (Naxos) with soprano Bodil Arnesen; “1-2-3 Happy Happy Happy!” (Aurora) with Stavanger New Music Ensemble.
In 2000 Erling R. Eriksen was awarded the Grieg Prize.