Eric Umble, Biography
Eric Umble is a versatile, New York City based, clarinetist known for his "... nuanced and coloristic playing." (The Clarinet). Eric enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and music educator. He is a founding member of sTem, a clarinet, soprano, and piano trio. Hailed as musical interpreters of “profundity and power…” (RuideroXXI, Mexico City), sTem champions the theatrical possibilities of vocal chamber music. Additionally, Eric is the clarinetist of SoundMind, a NYC wind quintet.
Eric served as clarinetist in residence at Chamber Music Silicon Valley, the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival, and New Music on the Point. He has performed with renowned ensembles including the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy, the WindScape Quintet, American Modern Ensemble, LoftOpera, Tenth Intervention, Cantata Profana, Ensemble Echappee, Tactus, Contemporaneous, and Ensemble Mise-en. Eric has performed in the world's major venues including Carnegie's Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and National Sawdust in New York; as well as the Kölner Philharmonie, Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, and the Cultural and Congress Center of Lucerne, Switzerland. He has participated in residencies at Princeton and Cornell Universities and will be collaborating with Sul Ross State University and Bucknell University in 2018.
Dedicated to using music as a force for positive change, Eric produces benefit concerts that have raised thousands of dollars for public health, shelters, and disaster relief. He has received awards and honors including the Lancaster Red Rose Award for Community Service, Gordon Parks Memorial Competition, Skokie Valley Young Artist Competition, the Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, and the Naftzger Young Artist Competition. Internationally, Eric has performed in Romania, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, France, Cuba, and Mexico. He is a teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble; on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning Program, and has served as an adjunct instructor at the Teacher's College of Columbia University. He enjoys an ongoing relationship with the Escuela Nacional de Música in Mexico City where he has presented numerous lecturers, masterclasses, and recitals. Eric received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music studying with David Krakauer and Anthony McGill.