University of Las Vegas, Nevada (undergrad) and The Juilliard School(New York City) Earned his Master of Music degree studying with John Corigliano. His first piece Go, Lovely Rose, completed at the age of 21.
Most popular and performed composers of our time distinguished conductor, broadcaster as well as public speaker. First album as both composer and conductor, Light & Gold, won aGrammy in 2012 no. 1 classical album on the US and UK charts within a week ofrelease. Water Night, released in April 2012, debuted at no. 1 on the iTunes andBillboard classical charts.
Eric’s Virtual Choir, Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold), received over amillion views on YouTube in just 2 months Featured 185 singers from 12 different countries. Virtual Choir2.0, Sleep, was released in April 2011 and involved over 2,000 voicesfrom 58 countries. Virtual Choir 3.0, Water Night, received 3,746 videosfrom 73 countries and was launched at Lincoln Center, New York andrevealed online in April 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3rRaL-Czxw
Wrote for the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Julian LloydWebber and the Philharmonic Orchestra, and The King’s Singers His musical, Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings, won both the ASCAPHarold Arlen award and the Richard Rodgers Award, and earned 10nominations at the Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRJ7WBS9ZRI Worked along side Hans Zimmer, co-writing the Mermaid Theme forPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Latest initiative, Soaring Leap, is a series of dynamic workshops forsingers, instrumentalists, conductors and composers to read, rehearseand perform his works, digging deep into the poetry and exploringcompositional tools. Guest speakers, composers and artists, makeregular appearances at Soaring Leap events around the world educatingstudents and providing insight. As an orator, he addressed the U.N. Leaders program in March 2011which earned the first full standing ovation of the conference. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2TIQcOyYwo
Whitacre has received composition awards from the BarlowInternational Composition Competition, the ACDA and the AmericanComposers Forum. In 2001, he became the youngest recipient ever awarded the RaymondC. Brock commission by the ACDA, despite coming to classical musicrelatively late in life when he joined his college choir in Las Vegas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWCTKnbqE6s