Eric Nielsen is a composer, orchestrator, musician, and sound designer, and enjoys the process of scoring to motion picture, media and games. He is fascinated by the art of storytelling, and brings elements of this craft to his music. His most recent orchestral work, “Africa Dances, Africa Dreams” premiered at Benaroya Hall in March 2013 as part of the Celebrate World Music concert.
Eric is currently writing a jazz samba for big band slated for performance in late 2013. He has also been selected to write the underscore for America’s Fighting Dinosaur, a faux-documentary that is currently in production. He has also been selected to write and record music for Reality TV – The Musical, an upcoming web-series. A keyboardist and electric and upright bassist, he has also performed a smattering of guitar for “This Is Ours”, a feature length independent film, and enjoys making music with just about any instrument he gets his hands on.
Eric studied composition of dramatic music for motion picture, and is a graduate of the two-year Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program with Emmy award-winning Hummie Mann. He has also practiced under the tutelage of Tim Huling, composing and orchestrating for small chamber ensembles and full orchestra, as well as with a number of other masters, including jazz bassist Doug Miller and songwriter Sue Ennis. With a B.A. from The Evergreen State College, he focused primarily on multitrack analog recording and electronic music, and also composed and performed music for theater.
Eric is a board member of the Seattle Composers’ Alliance and has served a two-year term as President from 2011 to 2013. He is also a board member of Philharmonia Northwest, a Seattle-based chamber orchestra.