At the age of three Eric Gilson started his musical education in the Suzuki Program.
At age five, classical piano lessons with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. There Eric studied with
Tadeusz Biernacki who holds the position of Music Director and Conductor of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg
At age 13 Eric started learning jazz as well classical music and studied with Earl MacDonald who is now
the head of the music department at the University of Connecticut.
After graduating from Humber College’s performing arts program in 2003 having studied with Brian
Dickinson, Eric began performing on cruise ships eventually becoming a musical Director aboard world
cruises sailing on the Queen Elizabeth II. There Eric had the opportunity to play for then Prince Charles.
In 2010 Eric moved to Switzerland and performed for 10 years with such jazz greats as Richie Cole, Andy
Scherrer and Banz Öester as well as the Basel Symphony Orchestra.
At La Scala Eric was the music director for the musical Rent in 2011 and 2015.
In 2015 Eric was invited by the Belgium Royal family to perform for the birthday of princess Delphine and
51 of the royal family including the king of Belgium.
From 2010-2020 Eric taught piano for the International School in Basel Switzerland, teaching classical
and Jazz music.
As a teacher my main focus is to deliver personalized lessons to each student in a way that they enjoy
and in an environment set up for them to thrive.