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    • B.M.: Indiana University
      M.M.: Yale University
      D.M.A.: Temple University

      Clipper Erickson made his debut as a soloist with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra at age nineteen in Los Angeles. After studies with the renowned British pianist John Ogdon, his interpretations began earning prizes at international competitions including the Busoni, William Kapell, and the American Pianists Association. He then began performing as soloist with orchestras and in recitals throughout the United States and Europe.  He has participated in the rosters of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and the Xerox Pianist Program of Affiliate Artists.

      In January 2016, Gramophone UK recognized Erickson’s disc of the complete piano music of African descent composer Nathaniel Dett, released in 2015 on the Navona label, as an editor’s choice.  This release has also received rave reviews in publications and blogs in the US, UK, Canada, Spain and Taiwan.  Erickson’s prior albums have featured American music from past and present, often of lesser-known composers.  Also in 2015, Affetto Recordings released the premiere recording of the first and last violin sonatas of Cyril Scott in collaboration with UK based violinist Andrew Kirkman.

      Erickson is active in premiering new piano works; most recently works of Zurich-based composer Laurie Altman, including the immense and colorful Sonata 7, Tanzania, soon to be released on the NEOS label of Munich.  Future recording projects include the complete vocal works of Dett on the Solaire label, and piano sonatas of Russian émigré David Finko and Temple faculty emeritus Richard Brodhead, on Navona.