"Eric Heidbreder's diverse experiences as a performer, educator, and songwriter tell the story of a remarkable musician who knows his role is not restricted to the concert stage. Through his innovative performances and arrangements, Eric is changing the game for what a contemporary bassoonist can be in today's connected world."
- Dan Visconti, Composer
"...this is borderline offensive to a real musician"
- Anonymous Reviewer
Eric Heidbreder's curious nature and humorous spirit produce a vibrant musical language that engages audiences of all ages. His bassoon career can be traced back to one moment, at the age of ten, when he and his dad were watching Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope together. After witnessing Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes in the iconic Cantina scene, Eric turned to his father and asked, "What is that instrument?" "A bassoon," his father said. From that point on, Eric was a bassoon player.
Genuine curiosity has guided Eric through his career. Beginning, most notably, at Ball State University, where he took interest in performing his peers' compositions, arranging pop songs, and writing comedy music simply for the joy that it brought. All of those joyful endeavors remain key points in Eric's musical career.
Eric is a bassoonist, presenter, and teaching artist with Fifth House Ensemble as well as a freelance recording artist and musical comedian. Recent performances include collaborations with guitarist, Jason Vieaux; Mediterranean folk band, Baladino; and bluegrass band, Henhouse Prowlers as well as a live version of thatgamecompany's Journey, complete with game players on stage that guide Fifth House Ensemble through Austin Wintory's enchanting score. Outside of performing, Eric has presented workshops on designing educational programs at the Cleveland Institute of Music, The Cleveland Orchestra, and at Fifth House Ensemble's Fresh Inc. Festival. The final area of Fifth House's work is in its educational programs, where Eric designed an implemented an 8-session songwriting and entrepreneurship program at Teen Living Programs in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood and co-created educational programs with Ravinia's Reach.Teach.Play program. Eric can be heard on Television and Netflix in Season 2 of Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories and Small Crimes.
Always on the hunt for engaging repertoire, Eric has worked with Ball State Alumni Yukiko Fujimura (pianist) and Christoph Thompson (composer) to design a concert that highlights bassoon and piano works from living composers. The concert has been performed at universities around the Midwest and emphasizes the importance of working with your peers while in school.
To balance the professional life of a classical musician, Eric has also released two albums of comedy music under the pseudonym Springbo. In 2013 and 2014, Springbo was named a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for his songs "Champagne for My Furby" and "The Insurance Song," respectively.
For fun, Eric enjoys skateboarding and can probably do a kickflip, on command, if he has the right shoes on at the time.