Zoran Erić earned his undergraduate and Master degrees at the Belgrade Faculty of Music, where he studied with Stanojlo Rajičić. He briefly pursued further training at the Orff-Institute in Salzburg and at W. Lutoslawski’s master class in Grožnjan.
Erić’s music has been peformed throughout Europe, USA, China and Australia by renowned Serbian and international ensembles, including the Dušan Skovran Strings, Guildhall Strings, St. George Strings, Kreisler London Strings, Zagreb Soloists, 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker, Detroit Chamber Orchestra, Kremlin String Orchestra, Camerata Serbica, Banatul Philharmonia, RTS Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Musicum, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and Irish Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated with the most acclaimed Serbian and foreign artists, including Aleksandar Pavlović, Živojin Zdravković, Keneth Jean, Pavle Dešpalj, James Judd, Uroš Lajovic, Bojan Sudjić, Darinka Matić-Marović, Ksenija Janković, Lidija Pilipenko, David Takeno, Bernard Lansky, So-Ock Kim, Malachy Robinson, Jon Bogdanesku, Marija Špengler, Dejan Mladjenović, Aleksandar Madžar, Arisa Fujita, Nebojša Ignjanović, Miloš Petrović, Slobodan Gerić, Emmanuel Pahud, Ljubiša Jovanović and many others.
A special place in Erić’s music is dedicated to a rather sizeable oeuvre of theatre and film music. He has collaborated with the most famous Serbian theatre writers including Sonja Vukićević, Gorčin Stojanović, Nikita Milivojević, Vida Ognjenović, Nebojša Bradić, Ivana Vujić, Milan Karadžić, Haris Pašović, Dejan Mijač, Boro Drašković, Egon Savin and others.
Zoran Erić is the recipient of many accolades and awards for his work, most importantly the October Prize awarded by the City of Belgrade, YUSTAT Grand Prix for theatre music, two Golden Mimosa awards for film music, two Sterija Prizes for theatre music, the Grand Gold Model presented by the University of Arts in Belgrade. He is a triple winner of the greatest Serbian recognition in the field of music – the Stevan Mokranjac Award.
Erić teaches at the Composition Department of the Belgrade Faculty of Music and has given international masterclassses and seminars at major European consirvatoires, such as the Guildhall School for Music and Drama in London and Iressia in Athens. Between 1992 and 1998, he was Vice-Dean of the Belgrade Faculty of Music, and from 2000 to 2004 he worked as the Vice-Rector of the University of Arts in Belgrade, and the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Serbian music copyright agency SOKOJ. In the period 2007–2015, Zoran Erić was Head of the Composition Department at the Belgrade Faculty of Music. Since 2015, he has been the Rector of the University of Arts in Belgrade.