The son of an X-ray crystallographer and a mathematician, Erik Dorset was born in Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor’s degree in violin performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Stephen Clapp and Marilyn McDonald.
In 1990 he moved to Europe, where he continued his musical training in Basel and The Hague, studying baroque violin with Jaap Schröder, Thomas Hengelbrock, Sigiswald Kuijken, and Ryo Terakado. During these years he quickly established himself in the European early music scene, serving as concertmaster of the Swiss baroque orchestra Ad Fontes performing as a soloist and chamber musician at early music festivals in Moscow, Lanciano, and Bruges and performing together with the Russian-Canadian forte pianist Viviana Sofronitzki in The Hague before finally moving to Berlin in 2000.
In 2010, Erik Dorset received his master’s degree in professional writing from Chatham University. Next to his work as a violinist with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, he is active as a freelance web designer and journalist as well as an editor and translator for the English language section of the Arts Management Network in Weimar.