Eric Nyland


A pianist (LRCM, ARCT) and actor (BFA), Eric is a private teacher, festival adjudicator, and freelance pianist. He is the musical director for the long-form theatre improvisation duo One Lions (winner, Best Show at Vancouver International Improv Festival 2016), and the improvising pianist for the Kinkonauts series of live, improvised musicals. He recently participated in the Cremona International Music Academy and Competition in Cremona, Italy where he studied solo piano with the renowned Dr. Irena Kofman, and chamber and piano ensemble with Ansel Gerber and Derek Chiu. In 2016, Eric served as composer, music director, and starred in Armin Wiebe’s The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz for the Station Arts Centre. He has held solo concerts in Edmonton and Calgary, performing through the National Music Centre’s Street Sounds series and the Pro Arts Society, as well as appearing as soloist in Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto for the inaugural concert of the Calgary Arts Orchestra.

In 2012, Eric developed and taught two courses for the Conservatory at Mount Royal University: Introductory Keyboard for Adults: Play-by-Ear/Improvisation, and Reading Standard Notation. He is the winner of the 2013 Jack Friedenberg Memorial Scholarship for pianists, and in 2015 was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Play by the Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards for his work in the world premiere of Butcher by Governor-General award-winning playwright Nicolas Billon.

To learn more about Eric’s work, you can find him online at and on Facebook as Eric Nyland, pianist.