Eric Whitacre

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  • Grammy-Award Winning Composer and Conductor
  • Renowned Speaker on Innovation and Leadership

Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is known for working at the nexus of art and technology. In this intensely humanistic — yet highly code-dependent — space, he finds profound, universal wisdom about leadership, collaboration, community building, and nurturing the creative process. Charismatic and captivating, Eric has 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.

His musical 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. Beautifully composed, gorgeously performed, and imaginatively wrought, Eric’s haunting, complex works exemplify his message that technology can be used to foster connections and help broaden the reach of art and human expression.

 

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Whitacre is that rare thing, a modern composer who is both popular and original.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Eric Whitacre
  • Google
  • United Nations
  • World Economic Forum
  • TED
  • Apple
  • Multicampus
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The Golden Brick: How a simple, fundamental idea can change the world and push the boundaries of innovation

Grammy®-winning musician Eric Whitacre unlocks worlds of creativity, from the kernel of an idea to some of our world’s most important innovations. Taking the awe-inspiring grandeur and achievements of NASA’s extraordinary Hubble missions and finding within them a story of human endeavour, vision and ...

Grammy®-winning musician Eric Whitacre unlocks worlds of creativity, from the kernel of an idea to some of our world’s most important innovations. Taking the awe-inspiring grandeur and achievements of NASA’s extraordinary Hubble missions and finding within them a story of human endeavour, vision and bravery that made it all possible. The creative process plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our world;  informed and enhanced by research and technology, and fuelled to success by curiosity and perseverance.    

Maestro Myth: The secret to great leadership

True leadership is so much more than a single, smart, charismatic force. The framework that is baked into the system which processes, grows and creates the required success is the ultimate power behind the throne. Multi-award-winning composer and conductor, Eric Whitacre, looks at the question of tr ...

True leadership is so much more than a single, smart, charismatic force. The framework that is baked into the system which processes, grows and creates the required success is the ultimate power behind the throne. Multi-award-winning composer and conductor, Eric Whitacre, looks at the question of trust, and how many of the greatest leaders of our time know that it takes a village to create real success.

Creativity and Connection: The Humanism of Technology

Eric Whitacre is the creator of the Virtual Choir, a digital project that combines thousands of user-submitted videos into a single, stunning choral performance. This global choir transcends geography, class and background: it is a testament to the power of leadership and technology to foster creati ...

Eric Whitacre is the creator of the Virtual Choir, a digital project that combines thousands of user-submitted videos into a single, stunning choral performance. This global choir transcends geography, class and background: it is a testament to the power of leadership and technology to foster creativity and connection, even in the most challenging circumstances. Eric talk to the rise of organic humanistic online communities and his own creative pathways, inspiring us to unlock that simple, fundamental idea as part of our quest to become our best self, creating something bigger than the sum of its parts.

Finding your voice: Unleashing your creative fire

A creative innovator in the music and technology space, Grammy®-winning composer and conductor, Eric Whitacre, digs into man’s natural sense of curiosity. Creativity is hard to learn, but enhancing curiosity through teaching ourselves to have an open mind, endlessly questioning premises and explorin ...

A creative innovator in the music and technology space, Grammy®-winning composer and conductor, Eric Whitacre, digs into man’s natural sense of curiosity. Creativity is hard to learn, but enhancing curiosity through teaching ourselves to have an open mind, endlessly questioning premises and exploring opportunity, unlocks a higher level of consciousness and the ability to deliver creative and successful solutions. Embracing the mantra of ‘fail big, fail often’, Eric explores failure as a positive and often necessary pathway to true innovation.

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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. 

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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.