Eric Ericson (b. 1918 d. 2013)
For the great majority of choir conductors and choir singers throughout the world, Eric Ericson was the unsurpassed master in the field of choir conducting.
His entire career was devoted to choral music; his work has not only given great acclaim to his own choirs, but has significantly contributed to a breakthrough in establishing the status and merit of choral music making. Alongside with his work with his Chamber Choir (founded in 1945), he was the conductor and artistic director of the Swedish Radio Choir (1951–82) and Orphei Drängar (1951–91).
For many years Eric Ericson cut a legendary figure as professor in choir conducting at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Over the years, his international commitments steadily became more extensive. Not only did he appear as guest conductor with the major choirs of the world, but in a series of some ten master classes worldwide every year, he was appreciated as a particularly valued and stimulating teacher.
Over the years, he developed and refined choral sound both with early music, contemporary music and commissioned works. In February 2013 Eric Ericson passed away at 94 years of age.