Violist, composer and curator 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, Highline Chamber Ensemble, The Sheep Island Ensemble, and for the non-profit Lower East Side Performing Arts. 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’s music has been described as using “a broad range of extended techniques and complex rhythms to create both a creepy and beautifully ethereal nebulousness of sound”. 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.