Violinist Eric Wuest has a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of California, Los Angeles. His principal teachers include such notable violinists as Paul Kantor, Mark Kaplan, and Ilya Kaler. Eric has competed in international violin competitions, including the Second Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition, the 10th Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition, and the 8th Seoul International Music Competition. He has also performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, and the UCLA Philharmonia.
Eric is an experienced orchestral musician who was a member of the New West Symphony and Santa Barbara Symphony during his time living in Los Angeles. He has played under many notable conductors, including James Conlon, Sir Neville Mariner, Nicholas McGegan, David Robertson, Michael Stern, Leonard Slatkin, and David Zinman. He was also the principal second violinist on the multi-Grammy Award winning album “Songs of Innocence and of Experience” by William Bolcom, which was recorded at the University of Michigan in 2004.
Eric is an experienced chamber musician who has been a finalist in the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, as well as a semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He has attended the Taos School of Music and Banff Summer Chamber Music Residency where he has worked closely with members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Cleveland, Juilliard, Shanghai, and St. Lawrence string quartets, as well as pianists Robert MacDonald and Jamie Parker.