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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 generation.

In 2013, at the age of 22, Gratz became the youngest concertmaster in North America, accepting the post with the San Antonio Symphony, and has since appeared numerous times as soloist with the orchestra in repertoire ranging from Bach to Kurt Weill. Additional appearances include The Cleveland Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Euclid Symphony, and Kings Symphony, with conductors such as Giancarlo Guerrero, David Danzmayr, and Jeannette Sorrell. In 2022, he performs Igor Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto with the San Antonio Symphony, conducted by Yue Bao.

 

As a chamber musician and recitalist, Gratz’s past/upcoming collaborators include Vadim Gluzman, Jon Kimura Parker, Jeffrey Kahane, and Jeannette Sorrell. Notable festival appearances include 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 maintains a private studio of advanced students. He has served on competition juries from local to national level, and is regularly invited to teach throughout the Texas university system. 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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SCHEDULE

12.19.21 

Schubert: Cello Quintet

Castleton Chamber Players

Castleton, VA

https://www.castletonfestival.org/castleton25/

11.22.21 

Arvo Pärt: Fratres
Handel/Halvorsen: Sarabande

Jon Kimura Parker, Piano

Aloysia Friedmann, Viola

www.olmosensemble.com

10.25.21

Milhaud: Trio

Debussy: La Plus Que Lent

Faure: Berceuse

Ravel: Kaddisch

Jeffrey Kahane, Piano

www.olmosensemble.com

8.22.21

Kevin Puts: Three Nocturnes

Lennox Berkely: Horn Trio

Scott Cuellar, Piano

www.olmosensemble.com

8.15.21

Repertoire by Biber, Telemann, Purcell, Marais, Baltzar

Jeannette Sorrell, Harspsichord

www.olmosensemble.com

4.26.20 

Repertoire TBD

Zhenni Li, Piano

Matthew Cohen, Viola

Philadelphia, PA

http://www.zhennili.com/fishin 

4.5.20 

Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen

Mid-Texas Symphony

Akiko Fujimoto, Conductor

http://www.mtsymphony.org/ 

3.30.20 

Bach arr. Cincievski: Goldberg var. for string trio
Prokofiev: Quintet
Handel/Halvorsen: Passacaglia

San Antonio, TX

www.olmosensemble.com

3.7.20 

Berg: Lyric Suite

Webern: Piano Quintet 

San Antonio, TX

www.agarita.org

2.3.20 

Beethoven: Sonata no. 5 "Spring"

Jeffrey Sykes, Piano

San Antonio, TX

www.olmosensemble.com

 

1.19.20 

Leclair: Sonata in D Major

Brahms: Sonata in G Major

Mozart: Adagio in E Major

Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen

Evan Kory, Piano

Patagonia, AZ

11.22.19 and 11.23.19 

Kurt Weill: Concerto for Violin & Wind Orchestra

San Antonio Symphony

David Danzmayr, Conductor

www.sasymphony.org

10.21.19 

Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango

Del Aguila: Tango Trio

Christopher Guzman, Piano

San Antonio, TX

www.olmosensemble.com

 

9.28.19 

Mozart: Violin Concerto no. 4

YOSA/SAS Orchestra

Troy Peters, Conductor

San Antonio, TX

8.25.19 

Schnittke: String Trio

Beethoven: String Trio in C Minor

Matthew Cohen, Viola

Allan Steele, Cello

San Antonio, TX

www.olmosensemble.com

8.11.19 

Leclair: Sonata Op. 9 no. 3

Bach: Musical Offering Trio

Telemann: Trio Sonata  TWV 42:G 1

Evan Kory, Harpsichord

San Antonio, TX

www.olmosensemble.com

6.9.19 - 6.18.19 

Musica Ocupa

Quito, Ecuador

https://www.musicaocupa.com

6.3.19 

Schubert Octet, Schnittke Suite in the Old Style

Vadim Gluzman, Violin

San Antonio, TX

www.olmosensemble.com