Born in Rochester, NY, Erik earned a Bachelor's degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music where he studied privately with saxophonists Chien-Kwan Lin, Jose Encarnacion, and Charles Pillow and was a member of the Eastman jazz Ensemble Downbeat award winning Eastman Chamber Jazz Ensemble.
Erik has shared the stage with notable musicians, including David Bixler, Bob Sheppard, John Fedchock, Jim Pugh, Tanya Darby, Derek Gardner, Dennis Mackrel, Reggie Thomas, Bill Holman, and pianist David Paich of Toto. He has also performed with a variety of ensembles, including the Birch Creek Jazz Orchestra, Dave Rivello Ensemble, and the O'Jays. Erik's playing has been heard throughout the Northeast, with notable performances at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Lewiston Jazz Festival, New Trier Jazz Festival, and Artpark.
Erik performs regularly throughout Western and Central NY as a leader with his own group, The Erik Stabnau Quartet, and as a sideman with several local and regional groups.