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"Spellbinding . . . a disciplined musician beyond his years"

~San Antonio Express-News

BIOGRAPHY

Since his concerto debuts at the age of 14 in the United States, Spain, and Portugal, American violinist Eric Gratz has been celebrated as an exciting performer, known for his daring musical interpretations and impressive stylistic versatility. Equally desired as soloist, concertmaster, chamber musician, and teacher, he maintains a varied schedule that has taken him to four continents, performing in the world’s great concert halls with leading musicians of our time.

In 2013, at the age of 22, Gratz became the youngest concertmaster in North America, accepting the post with the San Antonio Symphony, and appeared numerous times as soloist with the orchestra in repertoire ranging from Bach to Kurt Weill. Additional solo appearances include The Cleveland Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, CityMusic Cleveland, Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Euclid Symphony, Kings Symphony, and the Mid-Texas Symphony, with conductors Giancarlo Guerrero, David Danzmayr, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Akiko Fujimoto, Noam Aviel, and Tito Muñoz. In demand as a guest concertmaster, he has appeared in recent seasons with the Santa Fe Opera, The Phoenix Symphony, and Louisiana Philharmonic.

 

As a chamber musician and recitalist, Gratz’s recent collaborators include Vadim Gluzman, Orion Weiss, Jeffrey Kahane, and Jeannette Sorrell. Notable festival/concert series appearances include Castleton Chamber Players, Mainly Mozart, Cactus Pear, Austin Chamber Music, Incontri Musicali, Musical Bridges Around the World, and Música Ocupa. His debut album of virtuoso works for violin and piano (Eric Gratz, with pianist Euntaek Kim) was released in 2016 on his own label. It charted at #11 on Billboard Classical, making it the top independent release in the United States for its first week. He has subsequently appeared on two other albums with San Antonio’s Olmos Ensemble, Olmos Live (2016) and Made In France (2019), performing works by Harbison, Prokofiev, and Ravel.   

 

Eric Gratz believes it is of the utmost importance to inspire the next generation of musicians, and currently serves as an Apollo's Fire Senior Teaching Artist-In-Residence at Southland College Prep in South Chicago. He has served on competition juries from local to national level, and has been invited to teach at leading music schools, including Rice University, University of Texas Austin, and Texas Christian University. A prizewinner of national and international competitions, he holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and his former teachers include Cho-Liang Lin, William Preucil, Linda Cerone, Claudia Shiuh, and Cynthia Stuart. Eric Gratz plays a violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, c. 1840. For more information, please visit ericgratz.net.

 

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3.13.23

Etler: Concerto for Violin & Winds

Hoffmeister: Duo for Flute & Violin

San Antonio, TX

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1.26.23

Guest Concertmaster

Louisiana Philharmonic

New Orleans, LA

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1.16.23

Brahms: Piano Quintet

Penderecki: Clarinet Quartet

Anton Nel, Piano

San Antonio, TX

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11.21.22

Ysaye: Sonata no. 5

Stravinsky: Pastorale for Violin & Winds

Fuchs: Duo for Clarinet & Violin

San Antonio, TX

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11.12.22

Guest Concertmaster

Louisiana Philharmonic

New Orleans, LA

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10.16.22

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Mid-Texas Symphony

Akiko Fujimoto, Conductor

New Braunfels, TX

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9.19.22

Tartini: Devil's Trill Sonata arr. Kreisler

Rota: Trio for Violin, Flute, & Piano

Menotti: Trio for Violin, Clarinet, & Piano

San Antonio, TX

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8.21.22

JS Bach: Trio Sonata in G Major BWV 1039

Telemann: Tafelmusic in D Minor TWV 43:d1

San Antonio, TX

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8.14.22

Creston: Suite for Violin & Piano

Brahms: Piano Trio in C Minor

Ravel: Piano Trio

Euntaek Kim, Piano

Allan Steele, Cello

San Antonio, TX

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5.23.22

Debussy: Sonata in G Minor

Marika Bournaki, Piano

San Antonio, TX

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4.6.22/4.8.22

Guest Concertmaster and Soloist

The Phoenix Symphony

Phoenix, AZ

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3.6.22

Verdi: String Quartet

Chausson: Concert for Violin, Piano, & String Quartet

Castleton Chamber Players

Castleton, VA

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2.13.22

JS Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe

YOSA Symphony

Paul Lueders, Oboe

San Antonio, TX

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2.7.22

Holst: Sextet

San Antonio, TX

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12.19.21 

Schubert: Cello Quintet

Castleton Chamber Players

Castleton, VA

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11.22.21 

Arvo Pärt: Fratres
Handel/Halvorsen: Sarabande

Jon Kimura Parker, Piano

Aloysia Friedmann, Viola

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10.25.21

Milhaud: Trio

Debussy: La Plus Que Lent

Faure: Berceuse

Ravel: Kaddisch

Jeffrey Kahane, Piano

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8.22.21

Kevin Puts: Three Nocturnes

Lennox Berkely: Horn Trio

Scott Cuellar, Piano

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8.15.21

Repertoire by Biber, Telemann, Purcell, Marais, Baltzar

Jeannette Sorrell, Harpsichord

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