Family affair for Minot Symphony Orchestra Young Composer Competition Winner

MINOT, N.D.- Erik Mychal Anderson's musical journey began at the tender age of three, when mom started teaching him piano.

"I started learning the cello in second grade, I picked up the saxophone in fifth grade," said the Minot State Senior.

Music is in Erik's DNA--both his parents perform with the Minot Symphony Orchestra.

"Both of my parents have doctorates in music, pianist and cellist respectively, and then my brothers play music as well," said Erik.

Mom and pop will have the privilege of performing Erik's winning piece 'Prologue' next month.

"It's March 10th, and my birthday's March 14th," said Erik.

The 22-year-old knew his parents would perform the winning piece. When this confident composer put pencil to paper, he expected to win.

"I decided to give a little solo to my dad, who's the principle cellist in the orchestra," said Erik.

Prologue is the name Anderson gave his final submission, a fitting title for the start of a promising career.

"At the end of the piece, the confrontation doesn't feel like it’s been resolved. More of that there is something bigger to come," Erik explained.

Erik's family helped shape his career and now he gets to share his talents with them.

"It could end up being the first movement of my first symphony," said Erik.

He’s hitting the right notes at the start of a promising young musician's career.