Eric Hirschhorn’s extensive experience and musical sophistication belie his 26 years; but music has been a constant presence and inspiration in his life. The prolific musician is writing and recording music constantly, and is currently touring with the renown reggae group Rebelution. Eric has also worked with Tribal Seeds, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Matisyahu, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Wyclef Jean, and many more, as well as recording and performing around the LA area where he was born and grew up in.
Eric heard musical pitches from the time he was an infant, crawling onstage at his father’s local concerts in Long Beach. While most four year olds are learning to use a fork and spoon, Eric began practicing piano scales. Though he focuses on saxophone and piano, Eric is a prolific musical force, proficient in several instruments including saxophone, piano, flute, clarinet, world culture flutes, guitar, bass, drums, and Latin percussion. He also sings background vocals.
“Music was all I knew, and ended up being the only thing I wanted to do.”
After playing his first gig in 2008 at a local coffee shop, Eric was hooked on performing live and eliciting emotions through music. He played music throughout his school career, earning a degree in Jazz Studies from The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. He matured his own compositions during Junior and Senior Recitals. His wide-ranging musical influences include Keith Jarrett, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, and Sonny Rollins. Most recently, he’s inspired by artists such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Ben Wendel, Tigran Hamasyan, and Gilad Hekselman. He has produced music for others using these inspirations, and has composed his own music as well. His album “Living in the Question” has been released since 2017, with many more releases to follow.
“I knew I could use music to make a difference.”
That experience helped prepare him to advance his professionalism. He has since hired musicians to play on his own projects, and toured extensively throughout the United States supporting his own compositions and with established artists. Eric has played at jazz festivals in Monterey, CA, New York, NY, and Los Angeles, CA. He has also performed at such iconic venues as The Gorge in Washington , Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, and many others within and outside of the US. The chance to continue exploring the world, and himself, through music, will keep Eric creating for years to come.