A second-generation Japanese American and Twin Cities native, Eri Isomura is a freelance percussionist, music librarian, instructor, and music administrator.
Eri is a founding member of 10th Wave Chamber Collective, a Twin Cities-based ensemble featuring classical music of the 20th and 21st centuries in interdisciplinary settings and in breweries or cafés. In Boston, she was a featured performer in the new music initiative Times Two Series, as well as a percussionist in the New England Philharmonic. In summer 2016, she performed in John Luther Adams' piece "Inuksuit", a percussion piece written for the outdoors, at the Tippett Rise Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. She has commissioned and premiered works by Ian A. Cook, Maxwell Lafontant, Ryan Fossier, and Ivan Trevino, and is currently collaborating with Michael Betz and Jonathan Posthuma to premiere works for keyboard percussion. Eri also frequently performs solo percussion and chamber music recitals, many of which benefited scholarships and organizations such as the MacPhail Shin Tanaka Memorial Fund, Lighthouse youth center in St. Paul, and Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA), a charity serving refugees along the borders of Syria and providing hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. She is a member of the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, and has recently performed in ensembles such as Champagne Confetti, Aliro Voices, Zeitgeist, Mankato Symphony, Exultate, Encore Winds, and Kenwood Symphony.
Eri’s musical background began with classical piano with Jean Krinke and percussion with Robert Adney. She continued her percussion and marimba studies with David Hagedorn and drumset with Phil Hey at St. Olaf College, graduating with a B.M. in Percussion Performance with distinction. She completed her M.M. in Percussion Performance at The Boston Conservatory under the tutelage of Keith Aleo, Doug Perkins, Samuel Z. Solomon, and Nancy Zeltsman.
She spends her summers in the library of the National Repertory Orchestra, this past summer as Acting Principal Librarian, and works year-round in the Minnesota Orchestra Music Library. She maintains a small studio of private students and coaches percussion for Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. She is a member of the Minnesota Music Teachers' Association and serves as second vice president of the Percussive Arts Society's Minnesota Chapter.