Eri Isomura is a performer and instructor of piano, percussion, and marimba from St. Paul, Minnesota. She was a featured performer for the St. Olaf Orchestra Senior Soloists Concert (2011), Masterworks Festival Honors Recital (2010), and the MacPhail Center of Arts Concerto and Aria Competition (2007). She has performed with the Minnetonka Chorale Society, Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Symphonic Winds, Blue Waters Brass Ensemble, and others. Isomura frequently performs in weddings, musicals, recitals, and recording projects- including a marimba and cello duo transcription project of works by Beethoven, Chopin, and others with her father Sachiya Isomura, a cellist in the Minnesota Orchestra.
While studying at the Boston Conservatory, she was a member of the New England Philharmonic and performed with the Brookline Symphony Orchestra. She performed for the "Times Two Series," a new music initiative based in Boston. This past summer, she performed in John Luther Adams' piece Inuksuit, a percussion piece written for the outdoors at the Tippett Rise Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. She premiered works by Ryan Fossier, David Vess, and is currently collaborating with Ian A. Cook and Michael Betz on works for keyboard percussion.
Isomura also has a passion to serve others with performances with a cause. She has performed solo percussion recitals to fundraise for Lighthouse, a Hmong youth center of the Union Gospel Mission Asian Ministries in St. Paul, and for Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA), a charity serving refugees along the borders of Syria, and providing hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. She recently performed in the Refugee Orchestra Project in Boston in May 2016 to raise awareness of the refugee crisis.
Isomura’s diverse musical background began with classical piano with Jean Krinke and percussion with Robert Adney. She continued her percussion and marimba studies with David Hagedorn, and drumset with Phil Hey at St. Olaf College, where she received her B.M. in Percussion Performance with Distinction in 2011. She completed her M.M. in Percussion Performance at The Boston Conservatory under the tutelage of Keith Aleo, Doug Perkins, Samuel Z Solomon, and Nancy Zeltsman.
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