Eri Isomura, Percussion

A second-generation Japanese American Twin Cities native, Eri Isomura is a percussionist, music librarian, instructor, and music administrator. If she's performing, it's mostly on marimba around town for all sorts of exciting programs, as well as on percussion as a member of the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra. She has recently performed with Zeitgeist, Mankato Symphony, Encore Winds, and Kenwood Symphony.


While she pursued her Master's in Boston, she performed for the new music initiative "Times Two Series". 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, Ryan Fossier, David Vess, and Ivan Trevino, and is currently collaborating with Michael Betz on works for keyboard percussion. Her father Sachiya Isomura, a recent retiree of the Minnesota Orchestra cello section, collaborates with Eri as a marimba and cello duo, performing classic-romantic works around the greater Twin Cities.


Eri also performed benefit solo percussion and chamber music recitals to for the Shin Tanaka Memorial Fund, Lighthouse- a Hmong youth center in St. Paul, and for Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA), a charity serving refugees along the borders of Syria, and providing hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.


Eri is also an aspiring orchestral librarian, working as a library assistant at the Minnesota Orchestra, and as the librarian for the Wayzata Symphony. She will be returning to the National Repertory Orchestra this summer for the 3rd time, this summer as Acting Principal Librarian.


Eri’s diverse musical background began with classical piano with Jean Krinke and percussion with Robert Adney. She performed competitively for both instruments, placing in competitions such as the MMTA Young Artists Competition, Thursday Musical, and the MacPhail Center for Arts Concerto Competition. She continued her percussion and marimba studies with David Hagedorn, and drumset with Phil Hey at St. Olaf, where she received her B.M. in Percussion Performance with Distinction in 2011, and was a soloist for the St. Olaf Orchestra Concerto Competition. 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.


In her spare time, she is helping with multiple church praise teams, being a foodie and searching for new marimba pieces to enjoy.