Steph Saunders, Wedding Planner
"Working alongside Eric Franzen was a pleasure! Not only is he a great musician, he was able to set the mood for my client's wedding ceremony and cocktail hour perfectly. With the bride's permission, he expertly chose music for both settings and brought a cellist that matched the event's vibe. At this outdoor event, we had bit of a hiccup with the weather and Eric adapted to the new situation without pause or complaint, even offering his professional opinion (which was very much needed!). I can't wait to work with him again!"
Brian Mesko, Musician
"Eric is an agile organist with great taste in music and a wonderfully dry sense of humor. I was impressed with his tune selection on our last gig together, and I thoroughly enjoy playing with him!"
Kadie & Ty Thompson, Bride and Groom
"Eric was an amazing musician to work with while planning our wedding. He provided all of the music and was incredibly flexible. Eric was able to perfectly encompass what we wanted for our ceremony. He played beautifully and we could not have asked for a better musician."
Tony Axtell, Producer, Axtell Productions / Sound Engineer, A Prairie Home Companion
"Eric is one of those talents who always surprises your ears with how many instruments, styles and genres he knows so intuitively. I’ve always loved his spontaneous creativity... This is what sets an artist like Eric apart from many others."
Camilla Seiler, Business Analyst, Deloitte
"The Eric Franzen Trio came recommended to us and they did not disappoint! Their music gave a warm, fun atmosphere to our company pig roast and Eric and his group were very friendly and professional. I would absolutely recommend them for your next event."
Janelle Ellis, Music Educator, Albemarle County Schools
“Eric Franzen is a wonderful pianist/accompanist. I have hired him several times to accompany my choirs for adjudicated events and concerts with minimal rehearsal time with the students; Eric is always professional and the performances have always gone smoothly. He interacts well with students and adults and comes with high recommendation from me.”
Jen Maton, Parent of Piano Student
“Eric is an amazing piano teacher! He makes learning fun and helps my kids feel confident no matter what level they are at. We highly recommend his services!”
Forrest Young, Musician
"Performing with Eric is a breeze. His rhythmic approach is immediately infectious and malleable to whatever group dynamic is happening in the moment! Not only is he a great keyboardist, but he's a super nice guy. I look forward to every gig with Eric!"
Trevor Williams, Musician
"When listening to Eric, you cannot miss his obvious love for music. His playing is a wonderful balance of discipline, sensitivity, creativity, and occasionally, humor. As a musician, it is always a joy to play with Eric!"
Craig Jennings, Music Educator, Albemarle County Schools
"Eric Franzen is not only a terrific musician, but also a terrific professional. His supportive and flexible attitude dovetails perfectly with musical and life lessons I teach to my vocalists."
Eric Lamb, Executive Director March of Dimes - Virginia Chapter
“Eric Franzen and his jazz group have provided the cocktail hour music at the March of Dimes annual gala in Charlottesville, Virginia for the past four years in a row. The music is smooth, light and top quality. I've already booked them again for this year.”
LTC Greg & Cathie Voth, Parents of Piano Student
"Eric is a phenomenal teacher and mentor. He has always motivated our [youngest] daughter to be better and she truly enjoys her piano lessons and looks forward to learning with him every week. Both Greg and our oldest daughter started guitar lessons with him this fall!"
Jeremy Gordon, Musician/Former Bandmate - Holland America
"Eric is an incredibly talented and versatile musician, one of the best I've come across in nearly three decades as a musician. His creativity and musical leadership are the standards that I keep in mind for all of my own gigs and groups. In my mind, what sets Eric apart from other talented musicians is his ability to relate to the others he works with: fellow musicians, students, or clients. He is a dynamic performer but also one of the most humble I've ever met. Eric is the consummate professional; anyone considering hiring him as a teacher, band mate, or performer should not hesitate or think twice. "
Jeff Engholm, Musician/Music Educator/Recording Engineer
“Eric Franzen is the most 'natural' musician I have ever worked with. Music flows out of him like water over a falls.”