"Power, precision, and romantic abandon."
— The Washington Post
Clipper Erickson made his debut as a soloist with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra at age nineteen in Los Angeles. After studies at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and Indiana University with the renowned British pianist John Ogdon, his interpretations began earning prizes at international competitions including the Busoni, William Kapell, and the American Pianists Association. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in some of the most famous concert venues in the world, including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
In addition to his powerful renditions of the great classical repertoire, Clipper continues to be active in premiering and promoting new works by American composers.
An essential part of Clipper's musical mission is the inspiration of future generations of musicians by encouraging the love of music through his commitment to education, performance in schools, and master classes. His teaching career has included appointments at Bucknell University, Temple University, and Westminster Conservatory.
"A classical piano man… gives it his heart felt all as he takes you on a tour de force of material that he brings a distinct presence to. He is a modernist in the classical mode.”
— Chris Spector, Midwest Record
"The pianist astounds us with his phrasings, tempi, rubati and grasp which have a very personal character."
— Remy Franck, Pizzicato
"Erickson plays with a wonderful sense of style. What a pleasure. The clarity with which he shapes phrases and leads the ear suggests that he thinks and interprets like a composer... The effects he achieves are quite stunning.”
— American Record Guide