Eric Derr is a percussionist, new music advocate, and passionate educator living in Philadelphia. He is committed to commissioning and presenting new, vibrant, sustainable works for percussion as well as revisiting classic pieces with focus and intensity. Noting his energetic performances, ClevelandClassical.com said that he "was in the driver's seat right out of the gate" and the L.A. Times mentioned that "there is more than a little joy to be found in one percussionist hitting a ball in the air with a ping pong paddle".
As a member of the percussion group Red Fish Blue Fish, Eric has performed in concerts at the LA Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series, Monday Evening Concerts and LACMA's Art & Music Series (Los Angeles), Miller Theatre and the Tune-In Festival (New York City), Sweet Thunder: The SFCMP Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music (San Francisco), the Ojai Music Festival, Ojai North! (Berkeley) and alongside celebrated chamber ensembles Bang on a Can All-Stars, eighth blackbird, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Eric has also played with innovative Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente since 2007.
From 2012-2014, Eric was an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, San Diego where he taught aural skills and a course on experimental practices in popular music.
Eric holds a DMA in Contemporary Music Performance from UC San Diego, where he studied closely with Steven Schick.