Eric Hirsh is a jazz pianist, composer, and technologist whose mission is to use collaboration as a space for bringing out the best in artists so that they in turn might reach and encourage interactive listeners through their performances. Hirsh performs regularly as a member of jazz/hip hop quartet The Beast and as co-director of thirteen-piece salsa ensemble Orquesta GarDel. As a North Carolina Arts Council 2012 composer fellowship recipient, he recently began laying the foundations for an ensemble to perform his new and emerging works. He has been honored to participate as a pianist and composer in residence at The Kennedy Center for their 2009 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program, and is a multiple-year recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers award. Hirsh holds a B.A. in music and physics from UNC Chapel Hill.