Biography

Eric Umble, Biography

Photo Credit: Pierre Lidar

Photo Credit: Pierre Lidar

Eric Umble is a versatile, New York City based, clarinetist enjoying a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Eric is a founding member of the sTem ensemble, 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.  He has performed with renowned ensembles including the WindScape Quintet, American Modern Ensemble, LoftOpera, Tenth Intervention, Cantata Profana, Ensemble Echappee, Tactus, Contemporaneous, and Ensemble Mise-en. Eric has performed in the major venues of New York, from Carnegie's Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, to National Sawdust and Roulette. 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 presented recitals in Romania, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, France, and Mexico. In 2017, he joins the Lucerne Academy Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland. Eric performs frequently as a soloist with orchestras in New York City and across the United States. He is a teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble and is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning Program. Eric has served as an adjunct instructor at the Teacher's College of Columbia University, and was the 2015 clarinetist in residence at New Music on the Point in Vermont. 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.