Eric Sedgwick, Staff Pianist
Eric Sedgwick has performed with many of music's top talents including Leona Mitchell and Marni Nixon, Broadway leading ladies Sarah Rice, Carole Demas and Debra Monk, and English hornist Thomas Stacy of the New York Philharmonic. He is a staff vocal coach, accompanist and recital coach at the Manhattan School of Music, and since 2009 has been music director and pianist for the Junior Opera Theater there directed by Catherine Malfitano. He is also a staff accompanist for the Tanglewood Music Center, and has served as rehearsal pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Bard Summerscape productions. He is a regular pianist for events with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and has worked for Carnegie Hall's Music Education Workshops with Joyce DiDonato, as well as the International Vocal Arts Institutes in New York and Montreal. On the west coast, he has been a longtime coach and music director for the OperaWorks training program in Los Angeles. Mr. Sedgwick is the official pianist for the Art Song Preservation Society in New York, a group whose regular masterclass series has included Dalton Baldwin, Thomas Grubb, Margaret Lattimore and Joan Dornemann. He performs regularly with local groups in New York including Opera Singers Initiatives, New Camerata Opera, the Stonewall Chorale, La Forza dell'Opera, and the Halcyon chamber music series, and has performed for the Center for Contemporary Opera. He has appeared often with the Broadway Concerts Direct concert series in upstate New York, in cabaret shows at 54 Below and the Metropolitan Room, and as music director/pianist for "The World According to Kurt Weill" at UrbanStages. He can be heard in the PBS series "The Heart of Art" as well as on the soundtracks for the prize-winning short films "Connection Lost (The Tinder Opera)," "Something Blue (The Bachelor Opera)" and "Someone Like Me (The Facebook Opera)." He was a winner of the Boston Steinway piano competition, and has premiered new works by composers Seymour Barab, J. Mark Stambaugh, Joelle Wallach, and Louis Hardin. He is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Brown University.