Peter Erskine has played drums since age four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different contexts. He has contributed to some 700 albums and film scores, has won two GRAMMY Awards and received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree.
Fifty albums have been released under his own name. His latest is called Second Opinion. Erskine has played with Maynard Ferguson, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Brecker Brothers, The Yellowjackets, and Pat Metheny & Gary Burton and has appeared as a soloist with big bands and symphony orchestras worldwide.
He premiered Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Erskine-Concerto for Drumset & Orchestra with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn and performed it in Los Angeles, Helsinki, Germany and the UK.
Erskine was voted “Best Jazz Drummer of the Year” 10 times by readers of Modern Drummer and also voted into the magazine’s Hall of Fame.
He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied at Indiana University.
Erskine is also the author of several books, including No Beethoven, is an autobiography and a chronicle of Weather Report.
He is a professor at USC and his latest endeavors include several innovative musical education apps.