A Hero refers to characters, who in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice—that is, heroism—for some greater good of all humanity. Chris Errera is a living example of an American hero. Born a diastrophic dwarf, Chris was blessed with exceptional parents who would not let their child think he was disabled and that anything was possible if you set your mind to it. Chris began playing the piano at age 3, studying the Suzuki method until age 15. He studied performance and composition under Grammy nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner, Robert Ian Winstin. His childhood passion progressed to a college education in music performance and composition, with performance scholarships to both the Northern Illinois and DePaul University Schools of Music. Along the way, Chris gathered many honors, such as an audience with the Mayor of Chicago and the Governor of Illinois. When Chris was 12, he had the opportunity to perform in Germany as a member of the Schaumburg Symphony Orchestra. Chris also toured Australia for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Chris’ positive outlook on life has been reaching other families who have had to deal with the realities of having children born with disabilities. These families have now found new inspiration in dealing with life’s challenges. Shriners Hospital for Children has always held a spot in his heart as he was a patient there for many years. Chris has performed for Shriners Hospital’s Christmas Concert For The Kids for the past couple of years and intends to make it an annual event. Chris released his debut CD, Enter The Twilight, in August of 2010 and the initial response has been overwhelmingly positive. He continues to amaze fans and professional musicians with a talent that far exceeds what should be severe limitations with an instrument like the piano.
Chris has had the pleasure of show casing his talents at some very unique venues. Among his favorites were the White House for the 2012 Christmas Holiday Music Series and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, during a National Character and Leadership Symposium, attended by 6,ooo Air Force Cadets and VIPS. Chris has also headlined the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts.
When beer companies start looking for a replacement for their “Most Interesting Man In The World” campaign, they can stop looking and give Chris the job. He has definitely earned it.