Eric Tran is a winner of UW-Madison’s concerto competition, the Irving Shain Woodwind-Piano Duo Competition, and the Irving Shain Beethoven Competition. Now in his second year of doctoral studies with Christopher Taylor, he will perform a piano recital of Schumann, Schubert, and Busoni.
- R. Schumann Concerto in A minor, which has one of the most dramatic openings in the piano concerto literature and one of the most effervescent endings.
- Schubert Sonata in A Major D664 – one of the most lyrical sonatas
- The rarely-played Busoni Toccata – both brilliant and grotesque.
Pianist-composer Eric Tran is known for his friendly stage manner, thoughtful programming, and bold risk-taking. He has appeared in music festivals such as PianoTexas, Aspen, Art of the Piano, as well as festivals in Europe. His principal studies were with pianists Sharon Mann, Thomas Schultz, and composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski. Eric is a graduate of Stanford University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. During his studies, he was the winner of the concerto competitions of both institutions, and he was awarded the prestigious Robert M. Golden Medal for outstanding contributions to the arts. As a composer, he won the Pacific Musical Society Composition Prize, and his sets of children’s music have been programmed for over six years on the syllabus of the US Open Music Competition. His music has been performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Friction Quartet, his generous friends, and his charming piano students.
Eric also comprises one half of the notorious “Happy Dog” piano duo, with his piano partner, Nathan Cheung. They won both the 1st Prize and the Abild American Music Award at the 2017 Ellis Duo-Piano Competition, hosted by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Recently, Happy Dog Duo was awarded the 1st Prize in the inaugural MTNA-Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition 2018. For over a decade, they have performed four-hands originals, transcriptions, and classics alike with a focus on bringing humor and joy to the classical music world. Eric is currently pursuing a DMA in piano at UW-Madison with Professor Christopher Taylor.