Musically, Rynearson devoured Haydn, Prokofiev, Brubeck and Beethoven in childhood and currently hungers for the sounds of Berg, James Brown, Berlioz, Daft Punk, Led Zeppelin and John Cage.  He owes his musical preparedness to his teachers including his father Paul, Miwako Watanabe, Henryk Kowalski, Franco Gulli and Alan deVeritch.

Highlights in the ’21-’22 season include performing Telemann’s Viola Concerto with the Santa Barbara Symphony, acting the foil in Strauss’ Bourgeois Gentilhomme with his LACO companions and opening back up the Hollywood Bowl with Kool and the Gang. It’s great to experience live concerts again.

Off-stage, Erik enjoys weeding in the gardens with his partner Ina, tasting wine across California and restoring his 1987 300E. He plays a Danish instrument made by Carl Mettus Weis in 1845 which previously spent several decades as the lead voice of the L.A. Chamber Orchestra viola section.