The music of Eric Guinivan has been performed across the United States and in France, Japan, Greece, and Estonia. Among those performing his work are the Young People’s Symphonic Orchestra of St. Louis, the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, the USC Thornton Symphony and Contemporary Music Ensemble, the New York Symphony Singers, and ensembles at Indiana University and the University of Southern California. Guinivan’s music has received several awards and honors, including the 2007 and 2010 BMI Student Composer Awards and the 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Guinivan has received commissions from the New York Youth Symphony, the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, the Michigan Music Teachers Association, and the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra. His compositions for percussion are published by HoneyRock Percussion Publishers and are available through Steve Weiss Music.
Guinivan began studying percussion at the age of 10 and is an active performer. Based in Los Angeles, he is the principal timpanist of the YMF Debut Orchestra and a founding member of the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. Guinivan has also appeared with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bloomington Indiana Symphony Orchestra, the University of Southern California Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Indiana University New Music Ensemble and at the Los Angeles Monday Evening Concerts and the 2005 and 2006 Midwest Composers Symposiums. In March 2010 Guinivan received the Presser Foundation's Presser Music Award, a $10,500 grant that will fund a Los Angeles Percussion Quartet West Coast tour featuring his music in 2011. Guinivan will make his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2011, premiering an original work as soloist with the New York Youth Symphony.
Active in music education, Guinivan is currently a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Southern California, with classes in music theory and aural skills. Since beginning study at Indiana University in 2002, Guinivan has taught high school wind ensembles and percussion ensembles in Indiana and Delaware and has written and arranged music for several high school wind ensembles in Indiana, Delaware, and North Carolina. He has presented guest master classes and percussion clinics at Chapman University in Orange, California and at Sakuyo Kurashiki University in Okayama, Japan.
Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Guinivan received Bachelor of Music degrees in composition and in percussion performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Master of Music Degree in composition from the University Of Southern California Thornton School Of Music. Guinivan is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at USC, where he is studying omposition with Stephen Hartke. His past composition teachers include Donald Crockett, Claude Baker, P.Q. Phan, Don Freund, David Dzubay, and Tamar Diesendruck. Guinivan has studied percussion with Gerald Carlyss, Anthony Cirone, Steve Houghton, Richard Holmes, Jack Van Geem, and Craig Hetrick.