Eric Street is a professor of music and currently serves as the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages. He has won acclaim as a pianist on six continents, and has performed in over thirty countries. He has been widely telecast abroad and standing ovations followed his debuts in Carnegie Recital Hall, Paris, Cairo, London, St. Petersburg, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague. During his twelve-concert tour of Japan, Tokyo University News stated "the whole performance was wonderful and captivated the audience." He was recently telecast across Russia in Rhapsody in Blue from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
Eric Street earned his doctorate in piano performance as a student of Menahem Pressler at Indiana University, the University of California, and Bethany College, where he was was the youngest faculty member in the history of the school to become a distinguished professor. He is a professor of music at the University of Dayton, where he has directed keyboard studies since 1992. An active ensemble artist, he also tours as part of Side by Side piano duo, which recently completed a twenty-four performance world tour, with concerts in Moscow, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney and Melbourne. Since then they have toured Morocco and South America, with concerts in Chile, Ecaudor, and Argentina.
Dr. Street's articles appear in over thirty periodicals. National Public Radio broadcast him nationwide in a program of Ragtime by Women Composers. Heritage Music Press publishes two of his ragtime duet suites and a solo suite. Wehr's Music House has released two vocal compositions of his, Chocolate Kisses and Tonight I Can Fly.
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The Faculty Perspective
Although I began playing the piano by ear at the age of two, I did not decide on a musical career until well into my teans when I began studies with a wonderful teacher who built my technique and inspired me to play and pass on the tradition that he gave me. Since then, my primary goal has been to use and transmit the fabulous legacy I have been given. I am particularly interested in building pianists, and the techniques I teach are designed to accelerate musical and technical progress. Some of my greatest successes have been with students who overcame physical problems stemming from incomplete or rigid technical backgrounds.
- Doctor of Music, Indiana University School of Music
- Ragtime (particularly by women composers)
- Dance history
- Opera history
- Changing portrayal of Roman Catholic nuns in opera
- Piano/piano pedagogy
- Musical genealogy
"Running the Reception Line Gauntlet." Clavier 32, No. 2 (February, 1993), pp. 40-42.
"It Worked for Noah! Pairing Students for Duets," Triad Vol. LXIX, No. 5, (April 2002), pp. 66-67.
Thinking on the Edge, "The Unkindest Cut of All: The Decline and Fall of the Castrati." (Burbank: Agamemnon Press, 1993), pp. 312-321. Hardcover.
"Tracing Our Musical Ancestors: Many Find Ties to Czerny, Gluck, and Leschetizky," Clavier, No. 10 (December, 2001), pp. 40-43.
Listen to Dr. Eric Street and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Daniel Kleinknecht, perform a selection from the first movement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 (44 sec., 344 K .au).
Listen to Dr. Eric Street and the Wichita Symphony, under the direction of Zuohang Chen, perform the opening section of Liszt's Totentanz (37.7 sec., 296 K .au).