The American harpsichordist, organist, and conductor, Eric J. Milnes, was brought up on Long Island, and obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in music at Columbia College and Columbia University in New York repectively, and the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Eric Milnes has been critically acclaimed throughout North America, Asia and Europe as one of the most dynamic and compelling directors and keyboard artists of his generation. He has been hailed as one of this country's brightest talents in the early music field, particularly in the period instruments movement. Eric J. Milnes’ frequent appearances with the Portland Baroque Orchestra
led to the creation of a new ensemble, the Trinity Consort
. In addition, Milnes is the Director of New York Baroque and the Artistic Consultant to the New York Collegium and has been the Director of Toronto's Musica Divina. He has also conducted The Northwest Chamber Orchestra (Seattle), I Cantori di New York, Les Boreades de Montréal, La Bande Montréal Baroque, Les Voix Baroque
, Montréal, and The National Symphony of Santiago, Chile. He has conducted in Germany, Austria, Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, and Poland. Milnes plays harpsichord and organ as a soloist and is a member of the period instrumental quartet Les Boreades of Montreal. He has taught at the Juilliard School, Hofstra University, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the Musikkonservatorium (State Conservatory) of Oslo, Norway, and the Bergen Conservatory, Norway. A composer, his sacred music is published by Trinitas of Portland.