~ Pianist-composer Eric McElroy is a performer and teacher based at the University of Oxford ~
Upcoming Premiere: Eric will be joined in Oxford on 12 March 2020 by acclaimed tenor Anando Mukerjee to premiere his new composition, Tongues of Fire. The cycle features poems by Grevel Lindop who has been described by Harvard Review as 'One of the most complex and sophisticated British poets...Classical tradition fused with the edginess of late modernism.' Details here.
Musical Opinion's January 2019 issue has declared Eric's latest song-cycle "a masterpiece by a young composer of whom much can be expected...an intensely dramatic set of songs [which] demands much from both soprano and pianist which, one is pleased to report, the music received in moving and powerful fashion, the concluding pages of the solo piano part delivered with stunning virtuosity..."
The Fetch: Eric's new song-cycle The Fetch was premiered on 28 November in Oxford's renowned Holywell Music Room by soprano April Fredrick and the composer. Setting poems by Gregory Leadbetter, Professor of Poetry at Birmingham City University, the cycle will be recorded in January 2020 at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
American Premiere: As part of Seattle's Wayward Music Series for contemporary music, Eric gave the American premiere of John Joubert's Piano Sonata No. 2, op. 71 on September 7 at The Good Shepherd Center.