Erik A. Nordgren

new york / boston

composer / director / editor / orchestrator / educator / multi-instrumentalist

Erik Nordgren has been composing music for films, advertisements, and other visual media for a number of years. His scores have been noted for their comedic approach and complexity across his body of work. Erik's music can be heard in multiple advertisements by CORE Creative, and in independent short films.

Before 2014, Erik gave clinics and directed jazz ensembles, woodwind/brass chamber groups, and concert bands under the direction of Ken Wiele & the Kenosha Unified School District. His performance history covers a wide range of genres and instruments, from playing any combination of instruments to conducting & rehearsing ensembles for concert. Throughout this time, Erik became known most notably for his work in classical & jazz piano, becoming a sought after rhythm section staple in southeastern Wisconsin's jazz scene, and performing with the district's All Star big band until 2017. 

As a Berklee Film Scoring student, Erik has exceptional experience in recording, mixing, editing, and dubbing environments for film, as well as extensive training in composition and conducting by Berklee's esteemed Film Scoring and Composition departments. While he specializes in orchestral and contemporary film music, Erik's work crosses over into electronic, minimalist, and rock territory often. Part of the class of Spring 2018, Erik has taught jazz & traditional harmony, conducting, and ear training in Berklee's Learning Center (an on-campus tutoring resource) since 2016. His work in the independent film circuit includes multiple short form directorial efforts, as well as composing credits for up-and-coming directors, such as dUMB Productions' Zach Robinson & Gunner Willis, Erika Arbak, and Rory Padgett, as well as library and demo work for audio production companies like Butter Music & Sound.  


  • Bachelor of Music (Film Scoring) minoring in Contemporary Conducting (degree expected May 2018, GPA 3.95) - Berklee College of Music
  • Woody Herman/Sister Fabian Jazz Award
  • Composition for advertising clients like Levi's & Clash Of Clans (through Butter M&S)
  • Collaboration & studies with Julie Dash (filmmaker), Geneviève Leclair (conductor - National Ballet of Canada), Ruth Mendelson (Emmy nominated, Telly & Hugo award-winning composer)