To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time." - Leonard Bernstein
Eric Schultz is an international prize-winning clarinetist. As 1st-prize winner of the American Protégé International Competition, he will be performing in a solo recital at Carnegie Hall next season. He is also a 1st-prize winner of the Brussels Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition, and recipient of the prestigious Rislov Foundation grant for excellence in classical music, awarded for his performance of Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto.
He has performed with The Chelsea Symphony in New York City, and has performed in venues across North America and Europe with conductors such as Jens Georg Bachmann, Larry Rachleff, Bruno Weil, James Burton, Mischa Santora, and Henry Charles Smith. Additionally, he performed multiple woodwinds in the orchestra for Nice Work If You Can Get It, the Tony Award-winning Broadway Musical on National Tour, and has performed at many international festivals, including Mozarteum Salzburg, Prague Summer Nights, and AlpenKammerMusik.
Schultz is an advocate for new music. He has commissioned and premiered the music of composers such as Liliya Ugay, Chiayu Hsu, Carlos Carrillo, Iván Enrique Rodríguez, Omar Surillo, and Tony Solitro, and is the founding clarinetist of the Victory Players chamber orchestra. Based in Holyoke, Massachusetts, an historically Puerto Rican town, the group actively commissions the music of historically marginalized composers. As a part of the chamber orchestra’s commitment to the outreach of new music, the group performs and does masterclasses in local schools with students working side-by-side with the performers and composers.
Interested in articulation techniques for woodwind instruments, Schultz has published his research in journals such as the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal. He is also a frequent contributor to The Clarinet, and has presented at several international conferences, including the College Music Society’s conference in Vancouver and the International Clarinet Association conference in Ostend, Belgium.
Schultz is Assistant Professor of Music at Coastal Carolina University, where he teaches studio woodwinds, woodwind techniques, and chamber music. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance at Stony Brook University.
D.M.A., Stony Brook University, Clarinet Performance, 2018
M.M., University of Minnesota, Clarinet Performance, 2015
B.M., University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Woodwind Performance, 2013
Clarinet Performance, Flute Performance, Woodwind Methods, Chamber Music
Contemporary Articulation Techniques, New Music Analysis