Eric Funk

Composer

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"

 GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS 2018

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

Mikkelsen

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Eric Funk receives Special Judges' Citation from The American Prize in Composition

http://www.montana.edu/news/17692/eric-funk-receives-special-citation-in-american-prize-for-composition

Eric Funk receives special citation in American Prize for Composition

By Carol Schmidt, MSU News Service
APRIL 27, 2018

  

 

A composition by Montana State University music instructor Eric Funk that was inspired by Czech musician Jan Hanus has received a special citation in the prestigious American Prize in Composition.

Funk’s “Variations on a Theme by Jan Hanus, Op. 127” received a special judges’ citation for the Best Concerto/Concerted Work of the Year in the professional orchestra division. The American Prize is a series of nonprofit competitions that recognizes and rewards the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings.

Eric Funk received a special judges’ citation for the Best Concerto/Concerted Work of the Year in the professional orchestra division from the American Prize for his composition “Variations on a Theme by Jan Hanus, Op. 127.” Funk is an instructor in the MSU School of Music and the host of the award-winning “11th & Grant with Eric Funk” on Montana PBS. Photo by Rick Smith courtesy of Montana PBS..

Funk is an instructor in the School of Music in the College of Arts and Architecture and the host of the award-winning music show “11th & Grant with Eric Funk” on Montana PBS.

Funk said his award-winning composition was inspired by a trip to Hungary several years ago to hear and film Hungarian violin virtuoso Vilmos Olah perform Funk’s composition “The Violin Alone,” which Funk wrote specifically for Olah. The Montana PBS special, “The Violin Alone” that was largely filmed during that overseas trip is currently nominated in the regional Emmy competition in several categories.

Funk said that while he was at Olah’s concert in Budapest he met Jan Hanus’ daughter, Daniela Pokorna. She asked Funk to compose a new piece that would be played at a celebration honoring her father’s life in music. Funk was familiar with Hanus from his time as conductor of the Helena Symphony, where he programmed an all-Czech music concert that included a work by Hanus.

“I have had a long relationship with Czech composers,” said Funk, who has studied with Czech-born composer Tomas Svoboda, who introduced Funk to a host of Czech composers, as well as Hungarian composer Sandor Veress and Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki.

The American Prize judges noted that Funk has had a “considerable compositional output” that includes nine symphonies, four operas, six ballet scores, three large works for chorus and orchestra, 17 concertos, several orchestral tone poems and numerous works for chamber ensembles, solo instruments and vocal works, of which one-third were commissioned.

Funk said he was deeply honored at receiving the American Prize special citation as the best concerto of the year.

“I didn’t think I had a hope, so I was pumped when I heard,” Funk said.

Eric Funk 406-994-1973, ericfunk@ericfunk.com

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