His versatility as a conductor has stretched across a broad range of repertoire: from conducting as few as five performers in contemporary and modern works, to leading 300 musicians performing film music in concert. Erik Ochsner attended the Pierre Monteux School, is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a Finnish-American dual citizen, living in New York City. Ochsner is a principal touring conductor of La La Land Live in Concert. In 2019 he returns to Krakow Film Music Festival to conduct A Disney Celebration. Previously in Kraków, he conducted Pixar in Concert, Frozen and Beauty and the Beast.
In 2018, Ochsner conducted the world premiere of Mary Poppins in Concert at Sydney Opera House, made his debut with San Francisco Symphony, conducting Love Actually, flew to Taiwan on 40 hours’ notice to conduct Beauty and the Beast in Concert to fill in for an ailing colleague and conducted Star Wars: Episode 4: A New Hope. Other films he has conducted include: Back to the Future, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek,and Star Trek Into Darkness.
Ochsner premiered The Music of Star Wars with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, a full-length evening production featuring the music of John Williams and video game composer Gordy Haab; he was music director and conductor of the 2017 Opera America: New Works Forum Showcase and guest conductor at Nanjing Forest Music Festival. Ochsner is founder and music director of SONOS Chamber Orchestra. His recordings include Brian Wilbur Grundstrom: An Orchestral Journey (CD) and Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul (DVD).