Zoran Erić finished his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Music Academy in Belgrade, in the class of Stanojlo Rajičić. He attended the Orff Institute in Salzburg and master classes of Witold Lutoslawski in Grožnjan.
The oeuvre of Zoran Erić includes two ballets, choral works, works for orchestra, solo and chamber music, with or without live electronics in which field he is active as a performer. His works have been performed by renowned domestic and foreign performers in almost all European countries, the USA, China and Australia.
He is full professor at the Department of Composition and Orchestration, Faculty of Music in Belgrade, and he held international master classes by invitation at renowned European schools such as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Iressia in Athens. 2002-2004 he was the vice president of the University of Arts in Belgrade.
His major works include: Off for double bass and strings, Cartoon for strings and harpsichord, Talea Konzertstück for violin and strings, The Great Red Spot of Jupiter for amplified harpsichord, percussions and live electronics, Abnormal Beats of the Dogon for bass clarinet, percussions, bass harmonica and live electronics, Helium in a Small Box for strings, I Have Not Spoken for alto saxophone, actor-narrator and mixed choir, Oberon for flute and orchestra, Six Scenes – Comments for three violins and symphony orchestra.
He also wrote music for a large number of theater plays, and for films A Pre-meditated Murder, Hornet and Shadows of Memories.
He received many awards and recognitions (a double laureate if the Mokranjac Award, October Award of the City of Belgrade, Golden Mimosa for film music – twice, YUSTAT Grand Prix for theater music, Sterija Award, Gold Medal of the University of Arts, Petar Konjović Award)
- Helium in a small box (Images of Chaos III, 1991), for strings
Music is liquid helium. The analogy with Libchaber’s experiment (A. Libchaber, Rayleigh)
– Benard Experiment: Helium in a small box, Nonlinear phenomena at phase transitions and instabilities, ed. T. Riste, NY, Plenum, 1982, p. 259) is that a substance of low viscosity (also) corresponds to a simple form, since such substances show their good features (also) in such conditions. If this world is of ’low viscosity’ it will fit in a matchbox and we will carry it with ourselves. There is reliable evidence that W. A. Mozart also worked with liquid helium.