NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — New York-based Erik Ochsner will conduct performances of the Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring: Live to Projection at Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, MO. The performances feature Howard Shore’s Academy Award®-winning score performed live, synchronized to film.

Erik Ochsner, known for his clear, powerful conducting presence and attention to detail, is one of today’s promising and gifted conductors. He is the music director/founder of SONOS Chamber Orchestra, winner of the 2003 American Scandinavian Society’s Cultural Advocacy Award. Ochsner led the ensemble in six U.S. premieres, including Karl Jenkins’ Requiem, and two world premieres. This season, Ochsner will conduct the U.S. premiere of Fredrik Sixten’s Requiem.

Ochsner is the cover conductor for the worldwide tour of the Lord of the Rings films projects. He was the assistant conductor/chorus master for the Shanghai workshop of Tan Dun’s The First Emperor (a Metropolitan Opera World Premiere Commission), and the World premiere of Dun’s The Map with Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Ochsner studied with Marin Alsop, Charles Bruck, Erich Kunzel, Helmut Rilling, and Robert Spano. More..