Mr Eric WILSON is one of Canada’s most distinguished cellists – even as a student at the Juilliard School of Music, he has won several major competitions, and eventually became a co-winner of the Morris Loeb Prize for Strings upon graduation. He made his solo debut with the Winnipeg Symphony at fifteen, under the baton of Victor Feldbrill, as the winner of the Aitkens Memorial Trophy at the Manitoba Music Festival. In six years, he would become a major prizewinner at the Geneva International Music Competition in collaboration with his pianist mother, Thelma Wilson.
Eric is a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet that won the Chamber Ensemble Prize in the prestigious Walter W. Naumberg Competition in 1978. He has performed with eminent artists such as Menahem Pressler, Walter Trampler, the Boston Chamber Soloists, New York Chamber Soloists, the Lyric Piano Quartet led by New York Philharmonic Concertmaster, Glen Dicterow, Quartet Canada, the Pro Arte Quartet and the Melos Quartet amongst others.
As guest artist, Eric has appeared at the Wolf Trap, Newport (Rhode Island), Katonah (New York), Banff, Scotia, Meadow Brook and Vermont Mozart Festivals. He has performed extensively in Russia, Europe, and North America, as soloist and chamber musician and has several recordings to his credit including those with the Emerson Quartet, the Ensemble of New York and with pianist Patricia Hoy. In addition, Eric has a critically acclaimed CD on the Centre disc label, as conductor of the UBC (University of British Columbia) Symphony Orchestra in two works by composer Stephen Chatman.
Our school is honoured to have Eric, who is currently both a professor of cello as well as Chairperson of the String Division at the School of Music in the University of British Columbia, Canada, on our distinguished panel of advisors; sharing his expertise in cello instruction with us here at Melody Strings Art Center.