Quebec Conservatory of Music
A native of Quebec, Canada, Eric Trudel graduated with top honors from the Quebec Conservatory of Music. He won the prestigious Prix d’Europe competition, which enabled him to study privately with pianists Garrick Ohlsson, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Marc Durand and Louis Lortie. He has taught and performed extensively throughout Canada, Italy, Germany, Austria, Japan, Korea, Spain, and the United States. His New York City credits include recitals at Weil Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and the 92nd Street Y. While pursuing an active career as a pianist, he took conducting lessons from Raffi Armenian and Ronald Zollman.
Mr. Trudel has worked as a pianist, coach and/or conductor with many organizations, amongst which the Montreal International Piano Festival , the Banff Center Festival for the Arts, L'Opéra de Montréal, Connecticut Grand Opera, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the OK MOZART Festival the Pro Arte Singers and the Stamford Chorale.
His faculty appointments include the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts, the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in Trois-Rivières, Montréal Opera’s Atelier Lyrique, the Université du Québec à Montréal and more recently Yale University's School of Music (2001-2005) and Western Connecticut State University. He currently is on faculty at The Hartt School, University of Hartford and Southern Connecticut State University.
His long association with the CBC includes numerous television and radio performances as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. On CD, he can be heard on the CBC, Star, and Naxos labels. In 2005, he was involved in the recording of the complete songs of Charles Ives for Naxos.
In 2008, the national publication Classical Singer Magazine chose Eric Trudel to be "Vocal Coach of the Year", a crowning acknowledgement of his many years of collaborative work with opera singers.
In the opera field, he has recently conducted productions of Carmen, Dialogues des Carmélites, Street Scene, Suor Angelica, Les Mamelles de Tirésias and Peter Grimes.
Eric Trudel just joined the Wall Street Chamber Players, a group of first chair musicians from the New Haven Symphony and other orchestras who have been performing in their own subscription series through Connecticut for the past 35 years.
For three years, Mr. Trudel was the music director at First Congregational Church in Watertown, where he prepared and conducted the choir and honed his organ skills. He is currently pianist and organist for Tremont and Emanu-El Temples Synagogue in Scarsdale NY.
A devoted student and practitioner of the Alexander Technique, he gratefully credits his teacher Rachel Bernsen with weekly life-changing experiences