Born into a family of musicians, music has always been an integral part of Erik's life. He attended the University of Redlands, CA, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Music in 1991. Shortly thereafter, he began repairing instruments at Sliger's Music in Redlands. Through the encouragement of his father, Phil Swanson, who was a founding member of the National Flute Association, Erik began his training in 1993. In 1995, he moved to Flagstaff, AZ, and opened his own shop repairing all woodwind instruments but specializing in flute and piccolo. During this time, Erik received additional training with David Straubinger in Indianapolis and obtained his Straubinger Certification. In the spring of 2000, he secured his current position with Miyazawa/Flute Authority, where he performs the final set-up on new flutes and piccolos, repairs customers’ instruments, and works closely with the Miyazawa factory in Japan to create one of the world's finest instruments.