Erich Barganier is a composer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from St. Petersburg, Florida. He writes chamber, orchestral, film, solo instrumental and experimental electronic music that explores microtonality, extended techniques, melodic interplay, generative processes, and algorithmic phrasing. His compositions have been performed live or as installations across the world in cities as diverse as New York City, London, Minsk, Sydney, and Kuala Lumpur and have been recorded on Nebularosa Records and Janus Music and Sound.
Erich studied composition and theory under Mark Dancigers while attending New College of Florida. Upon graduating, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and taught at Belarus State University of Culture and Arts in Minsk while collecting regional folk songs and performing music across Eastern Europe. During this time, Erich helped organize various classical ensembles and led workshops aimed at teaching jazz theory and improvisation techniques. This experience shaped him as an educator, inspiring a TEDx talk centered on the creation of electronic music and influenced his teaching style when he leads private and group lessons focusing on instrumental performance and music theory.
Upon returning to the United States, his music was featured at SPECTRA 2016 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), commissioned by New York City’s NOW Ensemble and was featured at the 2017 International Florida Toy Piano Festival. He created a sound installation in St. Petersburg, FL through an arts grant provided by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and began a collaboration with New Renaissance artist Elizabeth Baker to form the Baker-Barganier Duo, a chamber ensemble that melds poetry, dance, music, experimental theater and more together in each work.
He continues to collaborate with musicians and artists internationally as both a composer and musician and currently studies under Tae Hong Park at New York University.