Eric Funk


Eric Funk is an American contemporary classical composer and conductor. Originally from Deer Lodge, Montana, he currently resides in Bozeman, Montana, where he teaches music courses at Montana State University.

(Cover photo courtesy Rick Smith/Montana PBS)

Peter Pomajevich 2019 World Congress on Undergraduate Research

Peter Pomajevich

-Juried Selected Presenter-

Undergraduate Scholar: Montana State University

2nd World Congress on Undergraduate Research May 2019

A Memoir of Eric Funk: Music Influences in a Global Environment

23 – 25 May 2019

University of Oldenburg, Germany

Historically, biographies have been a central source of knowledge about composers and can inspire others to meet their challenges, accomplish their goals, and make a significant contribution to the world. Growing up in a small town in the rural state of Montana, USA, Eric Funk has made global impacts through his musical compositions. Funk has composed a total of 149 major works, won numerous awards nationally and internationally, and his music has been performed around the world for over 40 years. This research will be the first comprehensive documentation of the musical innovations of this composer, conductor, performer, presenter, and teacher. Throughout his career Funk has been interviewed on live television, podcasts, and radio shows sharing stories from, and aspects of, his life and music. Funk is most well known as an American classical contemporary composer, and host of the regional Emmy-award winning PBS television show “11th & Grant with Eric Funk”. This study recovers experiences and events of Funk’s life through interviews, analyses of recordings and the use of open sources to collect further data. Innovative technologies for the dissemination of this study will be used to reach a global audience. This research will address how music has transformed Eric Funk’s life, detailing the events and the people that have led to his comprehensive artistry, and finally how he changed the world around him with his music.

2018 Global Music Award "Gold Medal - Best of Show"


Gold Medal Winner - Best of Show

Eric Funk

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op 72

Composer - United States

The Global Music Awards is a well-known international music competition that

celebrates independent musicians. Global Music Awards is widely recognized by

industry insiders as giving legitimacy to highly talented artists. ‘Global Music

Awards is recognized as music's golden seal of approval.’

2018 Gold Medal & Best of Show honors go to Eric Funk, Concerto for Piano

and Orchestra, Op 72. Funk is an American Emmy award-winning contemporary

classical composer and conductor. His considerable compositional output

includes nine symphonies, four operas, six ballet scores, three large works for

chorus and orchestra, nineteen concertos, several orchestral tone poems, and

numerous works for chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and vocal works. The

alluring Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op 72 is performed by Philip Aaberg,

piano, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by Terje


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