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Whitacre is that rare thing, a modern composer who is both popular and original

— The Daily Telegraph, London

Grammy® Award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is one of today’s most popular and performed musicians. His works are programmed worldwide by orchestras and choirs, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 120 different countries. A graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, Eric served two terms as Artist in Residence with the Los Angeles Master Chorale concluding in 2020, following five years as Composer in Residence at the University of Cambridge, UK.

As conductor of the Eric Whitacre Singers, he has released chart-topping albums including Grammy®-winning Light and Gold and Water Night on Universal Decca. In high demand as guest conductor, he has drawn capacity audiences to concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir, BBC Singers and the New World Symphony. Eric has collaborated with legendary Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer and British pop icons Laura Mvula, Imogen Heap and Annie Lennox, also receiving major classical commissions for the BBC Proms, Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Rundfunkchor Berlin, National Symphony Orchestra, The Tallis Scholars, Chanticleer and The King’s Singers.

His orchestral work Deep Field featuring Virtual Choir 5 became the foundation for a pioneering audiovisual collaboration between Music Productions, the Space Telescope Science Institute and film-makers 59 Productions. Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of our Universe has been seen in museums, concert halls, space centers and festivals around the world. Inspired by Hubble Space Telescope’s discovery of the Deep Field image, the film celebrates the beauty, size and scale of our universe, extraordinary scientific discovery and human endeavor.

A charismatic speaker, Eric has given keynote addresses for many Fortune 500 companies and global institutions, from Apple and Google to the World Economic Forum in Davos and the United Nations Speaker’s Programme. His two mainstage talks at the hugely influential TED conference in Long Beach CA received standing ovations.


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