Violinist Erik Peterson enjoys sharing great music with a broad audience. With the Mendelssohn Trio and Ivy Street Ensemble he performs throughout Colorado, the United States, and Europe to reach thousands. In his role as Artistic Director of Chintimini Chamber Music Festival and Front Range Chamber Players Erik is able to reach large audiences with diverse and innovative programming.
Collaborations to create new works and showcasing living composers are passions for Erik. Working with diverse composers such as Kenji Bunch, Maria Grenfell, Obo Addy, David Crumb, Jacob Avshalomov, and David Mullikin have brought new and invigorating works into the world. Continually striving to bring chamber music to a wide range of communities with his ensembles, Erik collaborates with schools, retirement homes, and other organizations to engage students and adults in the art of chamber music performance. Performances are often heard on Colorado Public Radio, and Oregon Public Radio and National Public Radio.
Erik maintains a private home teaching studio and has taught for Colorado State University, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Denver School of the Arts, and is frequently engaged to give university master classes. He enjoys working with all of his talented students and many succeed in local and national competitions, attend prestigious summer festivals, and are accepted to renowned collegiate music schools.
To further pursue his passion for teaching and chamber music Erik changed course and moved away from orchestral playing. A violinist for 28 years with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Erik also served as Concertmaster of Great Falls Symphony, Up Close and Musical, and Opera Steamboat.
Erik has performed in the great concert halls of Europe as Principal Second Violinist of The American Sinfonietta on several international tours. In the summer of 2019 he will return to Europe for performances with the Mendelssohn Trio.