Eric Ericson, ‘world’s greatest choirmaster‘ died on Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden at the age of 94.

Eric Gustaf Ericson (26 October 1918, Boras, Sweden — 16 February 2013, Stockholm, Sweden) was a Swedish choral conductor, prophet of the ‘The Swedish Choral Miracle‘  and choral teacher.

Eric Gustaf Ericson (1918—2013)

After studies at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm (1938-1943), he studied also at Basel's Schola Cantorum (1948-1949).  He worked as cantor at Stockholm's St Jacobs Church in 1949-1974 and in 1953, he was made a professor at Stockholm Conservatory (until 1990).


Eric Ericson has been the conductor and artistic director of the Swedish Radio Choir (1951–1981) and Orphei Drängar (1951–1991), Eric Ericsons kammarkör (1945–) and has guest-conducted many leading vocal groups, such as the Netherlands Chamber Choir, Groupe Vocal de France, BBC Singers, RIAS Kammerchor, Vienna State Opera Choir, and others.


In 1988 Eric Ericson received the Swedish Choral Conductors Prize, in 1991 the Danish Sonning Music Prize, in 1995 he received the Swedish Academy Royal Prize and the Nordic Council Music Prize, in  1997 the prestigious Polar Music Prize. He became
honorary doctor at the Uppsala University in 1981 and at the University of Alberta, Canada, in 1996.  Professor Ericson is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music and the honorary president of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM). In 2005 Eric Ericson was awarded the Royal Institute of Technology Major prize.


Eric Ericson is survived by his wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters.