Eric Umble, Biography

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Eric Umble is a versatile, award winning clarinetist hailed as lovely by New York Arts, and known for his "... nuanced and coloristic playing." (The Clarinet). Eric enjoys a diverse international career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and music educator. An advocate for and avid performer of contemporary music, he is founding member of SoundMind, sTem, DuoHelix, Wavefield, and Pink Noise ensembles; all champion music by living composers.

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 New York Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Orchestras of the Lucerne Festival Academy and Alumni, The London Symphony Orchestra, the WindScape Quintet, American Modern Ensemble, LoftOpera, ECCE, Tenth Intervention, Cantata Profana, Ensemble Echappee, 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, Roulette, and National Sawdust in New York; as well as Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, the Berlin, Paris, and Köln Philharmonies, and the Oil Tank Culture Park in Seoul, South Korea. Eric has participated in residencies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as Princeton, Cornell, Millersville, Miami, and Sul Ross State, Universities.

Dedicated to using music as a force for positive change, Eric produced benefit concerts that raised thousands of dollars for public health, shelters, and disaster relief. He has received awards and honors including the grand prize of the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, Lancaster Red Rose Award for Community Service, Gordon Parks Memorial Competition, Skokie Valley Young Artist Competition, and the Fuchs Chamber Music Competition. As an educator, Eric is a teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble, and he is a Music Theory teacher at the Washington Heights Community Conservatory in Manhattan. He enjoys relationships with the Escuela Nacional de Música in Mexico City and Casa de Las Américas in Havana, Cuba where he has presented numerous lectures, masterclasses, and recitals. Eric studied with Stephanie Zelnick, David Krakauer, and Anthony McGill. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees from Manhattan School of Music.