Eric Whitacre delivers game-changing keynotes on teamwork and innovation
Grammy Award-Winning composer and conductor ERIC WHITACRE is hailed as “that rare thing, a modern composer who is both popular and original”. He is also a powerful, in-demand speaker at the nexus of art and technology, who offers groundbreaking insights on innovation and teamwork who infuses his presentations with his awe-inspiring Virtual Choir project.
A global phenomenon, the Virtual Choir brings together singers and their love of music from around the world through the new use of technology. What happens is singers record and upload their videos from around the world, and then each one of the videos is synchronized and combined into one single performance that Whitacre conducts. The resulting Virtual Choir is an inspiring music compilation that you have to see and hear to believe. Over time the Virtual Choir has grown from 185 singers to more than 8,000 singers, aged 4-87, from 120 countries, and has been featured on worldwide TV (ABC in the US and BBC in the UK) and been part of major events across the globe including the Olympics and Davos World Economic Forum.
Whitacre's brought his unforgettable combination of speaking and music to the TED conference-- where his talk went viral and racked up over 3.8 million views-- and at events for Google, UNICEF and the United Nations. Drawing on his experience as a conductor and composer, Whitacre illuminates the creative process and reveals how to bring disparate groups together to blend and perform as one.Watch Eric Whitacre's viral TED Talk >>
Grammy® Award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is among today’s most popular musicians. His works have been programmed worldwide by millions of amateur and professional performers, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 120 different countries. Eric, a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, is presently Artist in Residence with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, following five years as Composer in Residence at the University of Cambridge, UK.
As conductor of the Eric Whitacre Singers, he has released such chart-topping albums including Light and Gold and Water Night. In high demand as guest conductor, he has drawn capacity audiences to concerts with the Netherlands Radio Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir, and Minnesota Orchestra. His creative versatility shines through collaborations with legendary Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer and British pop icons Laura Mvula, Imogen Heap and Annie Lennox, and major classical commissions for, among others, the BBC Proms, Minnesota Orchestra, Rundfunkchor Berlin, The Tallis Scholars, Chanticleer, Los Angeles Master Chorale and The King’s Singers.
A charismatic speaker, Eric Whitacre has given keynote addresses for many Fortune 500 companies and global institutions, from Apple and Google to the World Economic Forum in Davos and the United Nations Speaker’s Programme, while his two mainstage talks at the hugely influential TED conference in Long Beach CA received standing ovations. He reached new audiences in 2018 when his composition Deep Field became the foundation for a pioneering audiovisual collaboration between Eric, NASA, the Space Telescope Science Institute, Music Productions and 59 Productions.