Eric Bikales is a pianist and flutist from Kansas City, now living in Nashville, TN. His current solo piano CD entitled “Follow Your Heart” is being played on Enlightened Piano and Whispering Piano Radio. His previous solo CDs include “Tranquility” -a national chart topper in the New Age Radio and Records charts for many weeks.
Versatility is something that Eric enjoys and is equally at home playing jazz standards, funky R&B, pop, or his own unique original pieces. Classically trained from age 6, Eric possesses a silky touch on the piano that embodies a mature sense of nuance and control.
2014 inductee into the Kansas Musician's Hall of Fame, Eric has a rather amazing collection of achievements and artists he has worked for. He still tours internationally with Neil Sedaka and previously with the Pointer Sisters, Hudson Brothers, Keith Carradine and Tom Wopat. Eric has played with Dolly Parton, Cher, Helen Reddy, Mac Davis, Tom Waits, Susan Anton, Jeffrey Osborn, Patti Labelle and Marilyn McCoo. Eric has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Melissa Manchester and Billy Preston. He's played and arranged music for 2 Grammy nominated recordings. He has worked in the studio with Kenny Rogers, Mike Post, Pee Wee Herman, Phil Vassar, and replaced Kevin Klein's piano in the movie DeLovely. Eric graduated from Belmont University in 2011 with a degree in commercial music composition. He is now a professor at the Academy of Art University San Francisco teaching music theory, film scoring, ear training and arranging. Eric also teaches piano and B3 privately. Most notable students are Dre and Kim Basinger.
We almost forgot! Eric's compositions can be heard on over 20 prime time hit TV shows including: A-Team, Hunter, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, Sliders, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Alley McBeal, Party of Five, My Name Is Earl, Boston Legal, Hillstreet Blues, Cop Files, My Two Dads, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and many more. He has personally appeared and performed on the Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, Top of the Pops (U.K.) Good Morning America, Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve and more. Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Davies Symphony Hall (S.F.), Caesar's Palace, B.B. King's (Chicago), Nokia Amphitheater (Tel Aviv), Areneta Coliseum (Manila), Troubadour/Roxy (L.A.) Bluebird (Nashville), Sheritan Waikiki…and Mike and Melissa Herzmark's house in Long Beach—are only a fraction of the places Eric has played. Eric Bikales would love the opportunity to play music for your event! He can play solo, or bring an ensemble of musicians and singers to make your evening perfect!