Erik Flaten

Erik F.

Philadelphia, PA

About Erik F.

Background check: Last verified 08/19/2016
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Erik teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: 2007
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Pianist, music director, and vocal coach, Erik was born and raised in Eastern Washington state. He has been heard all across the northwest and beyond, in cities including Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston, and internationally in Prague and Salzburg. Erik has been a guest artist at Whitman College, Portland State University, The Kairos Chamber Music Lyceum, California State University Summer Arts, the West Seattle Symphony, and the Gig-Harbor Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Erik’s passion for teaching has led him to be an adjudicator for various festivals including the Washington Sonata-Sonatina Festival and the Washington Regional Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Newly relocating to the East Coast, Erik is highly sought after for his collaborative work with both instrumentalists and vocalists. He is comfortable in all musical styles and genres, and has an extensive knowledge of music history and theory. Erik is currently on staff at New York University.

Students of Erik Flaten have the opportunities to perform in studio recitals and workshops. More information about Erik's background and upcoming performances can be found at

Photos and Videos

Performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the West Seattle Symphony


Staff Pianist

Sep 2016 - Present
New York University

Music Director

May 2015 - Aug 2016
Metropolitan Community Church San Francisco

Staff Pianist

Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
Chabot College

Educational Outreach Pianist

Apr 2015 - Jun 2016
Livermore Valley Opera

Music Director

Jun 2012 - Aug 2014
Cedar Hills United Church of Christ

Adjunct Faculty

Aug 2011 - May 2012
New York University


MM Piano Performance - Solo Piano

Aug 2014 - Jun 2016
San Francisco State University

MM Piano Performance - Collaborative Piano

Aug 2011 - May 2012
New York University

BM Piano Performance

Aug 2007 - Jun 2011
Central Washington University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Full Tuition Piano Scholarship

Aug 2015
San Francisco State University

Carol Ferrando Scholarship

Dec 2014
San Francisco State University

Full Tuition Piano Scholarship

Aug 2014
San Francisco State University
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3 Reviews on Erik F.

Sam E. Jun 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I don't normally write reviews, but felt compelled to after taking piano lessons with Eric for a few months. I'm an adult-learner, and was previously considering giving up piano due to a lack of progress. Eric's focused teaching style and enthusiasm for the instrument has re-ignited my interest in piano, while I can see (hear) tangible improvement in my playing with each lesson.

I'd have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Eric to students of all levels.
Kelly Brancaccio Feb 29, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I have written a review before but now after many months, feel compelled to write again. Erik is wonderful. He is so patient, talented, and dependable. My son who was not overly eager to continue piano looks forward to his lessons with Erik and has improved a lot. Recommend without any hesitation at all.
Kelly Brancaccio Oct 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Erik is wonderful! My 8 year old son has taken several lessons with Erik. Erik is great with him - patient, encouraging and you can tell he has planned the lesson realizing the importance of building on what was learned last. We are happy to have found such a great teacher and would highly recommend him for children or adults.
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