Eri Isomura

Minneapolis, MN



Eri Isomura is a freelance performer and instructor of piano, percussion, and marimba, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She frequently performs in orchestras, recitals, choirs, musicals, and recording projects around the Twin Cities. In 2021 she released the album "Musical Moments for Cello and Marimba" with her father Sachiya Isomura, a former cellist in the Minnesota Orchestra. Eri is a founding member of 10th Wave Chamber Collective, a Twin Cities-based ensemble featuring classical music of the 20th and 21st centuries. She is also an Ensemble Artist of the Heartland Marimba Ensemble. She has recently performed in a variety of musical styles with the Minnesota Opera, Champagne Confetti, Zeitgeist, Border CrosSing, Dubuque Symphony, Lakes Area Music Festival, and others. She has commissioned and/or premiered works for marimba by composers such as Asako Hirabayashi, Asuka Kakitani, Michael Maiorana, AJ Isaacson-Zwidwa, Ian A Cook, Elwyn A Fraser Jr., Jonathan Posthuma, and others.

As an educator, Eri is on the percussion faculty at St. Olaf College and the director of the Improvisation Ensemble, is a percussion class teacher at Yinghua Academy and serves as the president of the Percussive Arts Society Minnesota Chapter. As a piano instructor she is a member of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association as well as the Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum. She has been a guest panelist for the Minnesota Orchestra Pre-Concert Talk and St. Olaf Arts Entrepreneurship, as well as a guest on music podcasts.​

Isomura’s diverse musical background began with classical piano with Jean Krinke and percussion with Robert Adney. She continued to St. Olaf College where she continued her percussion and marimba studies with David Hagedorn, Phil Hey and Kent McWilliams, and received her Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance with Distinction. She completed her Masters in Percussion Performance at The Boston Conservatory under the tutelage of Keith Aleo, Doug Perkins, Samuel Z Solomon, and Nancy Zeltsman. 

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