Eric Gould is the chair of the Jazz Composition department at Berklee College of Music. He has taught at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the College of Wooster, and has conducted numerous workshops, residencies, and classes, in addition to private instruction, festival organization, and arts management consultation. He has performed and recorded in collaboration with world-renowned instrumentalists such as Jimmy Heath, Ron Carter, James Newton, Bobby Watson, Antonio Hart, Winard Harper, Cindy Blackman, and Terri Lynne Carrington, in addition to leading his own trio. His debut CD, On the Real, rose to number 11 on the national jazz radio charts in 1999.
Eric has composed music for various ensembles. “Bohemia After Dark,” his concert of arrangements of the music of Oscar Pettiford, premiered at Tribeca Performing Arts Center in Manhattan in 2006 and featured legendary Ron Carter along with an all-star octet. “Diaspora of the Drum,” his 30-minute work for chamber orchestra, jazz ensemble, and tap dancer, premiered in April 2008 with Savion Glover and the Grammy-award-winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony at Playhouse Square. The Canton Symphony Commissioned his work for orchestra entitled “An American City” through the National Endowment for the Arts on the occasion of the bicentennial of Canton, Ohio, in 2005. “Dameron’s Dance: A Tribute to Tadd Dameron,” a concert of octet arrangements of the music of Tadd Dameron, premiered at Tri-C JazzFest in 2004 and featured the legendary NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath. The Cleveland Chamber Symphony premiered his piece “Midnight Excursion” in 2003.
In 2000, Eric served as a consultant for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz National Curriculum Project. He has served as an advisory panelist for the National Jazz Service Organization, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cleveland Music School Settlement. He holds a Master of Music degree in Composition from Cleveland State University, where he studied with Edwin London, Rudolph Bubalo, P.Q. Phan, and Andrew Rindfleisch.