AWR Music’s Eric Roth is a formidable musical force: a music director/conductor, an orchestrator/arranger, a producer of concerts and recordings, a composer of original music, and much more.
Eric is the music director and chief arranger for A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY, the chamber music ensemble concert production by AWR Music Productions and video game developer SQUARE ENIX. Since premiering in 2014, the production has performed hundreds of concerts on four continents and released two acclaimed full-length recordings. He is also the associate music director and an orchestrator/arranger for Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, the global live orchestral performance phenomenon. In 2018, he created the OPENWORLD ensemble to represent the broad scope of video game music, with many successful performances at community and culture conventions in North America and beyond. In 2020, Eric was the music director and conductor for the incredible sold-out world premiere of Undertale LIVE featuring the music from Toby Fox’s hit video game. Eric was also the lead orchestrator/arranger and produced the subsequent album.
Eric was the primary conductor of the orchestra for “Weird Al” Yankovic’s historic Strings Attached Tour in 2019, performing dozens of monumental multimedia shows throughout the United States and Canada. Eric also conducted the once-in-a-lifetime Surprise, Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular! concert at the United Center in Chicago with a roster of performers that included Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Usher, Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Foxx, and Josh Groban. He has also worked as a conductor on projects with Five for Fighting, Seal, Jewel, Dennis DeYoung and Stevie Nicks, and has conducted many prominent symphony orchestras and other ensembles around the world.
Other orchestration/arranging credits include two best-selling Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony albums, the Pat Benatar/Neil Giraldo orchestra production with the Pittsburgh Symphony, KC and the Sunshine Band with the Memphis Symphony, Five For Fighting orchestra and string quartet productions, Twelve Doors: Tribute to Noriyuki Iwadare, and much more.
Eric’s original music includes The RPG National Anthem Variations, a theme and variations based on Nobuo Uematsu’s “Main Theme from FINAL FANTASY” for guitar virtuoso Sam Griffin, music for the dynamic harmonica/piano duo Konstantin Reinfeld/Benyamin Nuss, music for the documentary film Baseball’s Been Very, Very Good to Me: The Minnie Minoso Story, music for Curious George’s Dictionary, an award-winning application for mobile devices, and much more. He’s also released his original music on albums such as Battery and Program16. Other original music includes Lyceum for percussion ensemble and solo recitation, The Clark Street Bridge Project for 80+ percussionists, and Secret Cheese commissioned for live performance at the Tate Modern in London.