Eric Milnes has been critically acclaimed throughout North America and Europe as one of the most dynamic and compelling early music directors and keyboard artists of the younger generation. A native New Yorker, his imaginative and energized performances have been applauded at the Utrecht, Bremen, Regensburg, Lufthansa, Passau, Boston, Mostly Mozart, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Berkeley, Santa Fe and San Francisco Early Music Festivals, and in performances in every major North American and European center. As conductor he has directed New York Baroque, The New York Collegium, Trinity Consort, Portland, Oregon, The Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Seattle, I Cantori di New York, Musica Divina, Ottawa, Les Boreades de Montreal, La Bande Montreal Baroque, and Baroquen Voices, Montreal.
As harpsichordist and organist, he has recorded and/or performed with Gustav Leonhardt, Reinhard Goebel, Fabio Biondi, Christophe Rousset, Martin Jester, Andrew Parrott, Manfredo Kraemer, Barthold Kuikjen, Les Voix humaines, Ensemble Rebel, Les Boreades, The American Bach Soloists, and ensembles across North America. Recordings under his direction include Hebrew motets of Salamone Rossi, vocal cantatas of Barbara Strozzi, sacred music of Heinrich Schütz, vocal chamber music of Ristori from Dresden, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, The St. John Passion of Bach, and Bach Sacred Cantatas. A published composer, Mr. Milnes has served with the faculty of several universities and conservatories in New York and in Norway. His degrees are from Columbia University, New York, and The Juilliard School, New York.