Eric Whitacre is a Grammy-award winning pioneer of 21st century composition who has a rare talent, combining originality with popularity. The innovation that he has brought to the music world through his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs has captured the imagination of millions worldwide, as well as visionaries in the digital space. He is one of the most performed composers of our time, a distinguished conductor, broadcaster and public speaker with a wide spectrum of media and corporate engagements across the globe. A versatile composer, Eric has written for the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, BBC Proms, Chanticleer, Julian Lloyd Webber and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin Rundfunkchor and he co-wrote the Mermaid Theme for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with legendary film composer, Hans Zimmer. An exceptional orator, Eric was honoured to address the U.N. Leaders programme and the revered TED conference in Long Beach CA where he earned the first full standing ovation of the conference. He has addressed audiences worldwide, including leading Universities, The Economist and Seoul Digital Forum. In October 2012, Eric presented his Virtual Choir at the F.ounders conference alongside a discussion with Jawed Karim, cofounder of YouTube. Eric has been invited to address the World Economic Conference, Davos, in January 2013, to lead a discussion on the role of arts in society and the impact of technology on the arts. Eric is Composer in Residence at Cambridge University, UK.