Violist and Composer Eric Lemmon received his Bachelors in Music at New York University’s Music and Performing Arts Program, a Masters in Viola Performance from the Mannes Conservatory and an Artist Diploma from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music where he was awarded a Mancini Fellowship. He is the founder and editor of the music criticism and review site OpenSourceMusic.org and an artistic advisor to Nodes Performing Arts.
As a violist, Eric has performed throughout the New York City and Miami metropolitan area with groups such as The Manhattan Camerata, DETOUR New Music, the troupe Project Opera, New York Chamber Virtuosi, One World Symphony, The Chelsea Symphony and for the non-profit Lower East Side Performing Arts. Eric has also performed as principal violist with The Sheep Island Ensemble and for works such as Alan Menken’s King David, Bernstein’s Candide, Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Dylan Glatthorn’s Republic, and Robert Cuckson’s A Night of Pity. Eric has performed with the likes of Terence Blanchard, Mark O’Connor, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Take 6, Michael Feinstein, Clay Aiken, and Gordon Goodwin.
As a composer, Eric has had his works performed both in the United States and Japan, where he recently gave Kyoto and New York premieres of his solo viola work, “Closer”. His works have appeared in venues ranging from alt-classical venue (le) Poisson Rouge to the FIGMENT arts festival on Governor’s Island. They have been reviewed by the New York Times and featured on WQXR’s Q2. Eric has been awarded NYU’s Creative Collaboration Grant, Mannes’ Peter M. Gross Grant, and MetLife’s Creative Connections Grant in relation to his compositions. Eric’s mentors on viola include Stephanie Baer, Pamela McConnell, Laura Shuster and Ira Weller. In composition, teachers include Jerica Oblak, Charles Mason and Rudolf Palmer.