Eric Buchmann has been a member of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 2006 and currently holds the title of Associate Concertmaster. From 2010 to 2013, he was appointed Interim Concertmaster under the direction of William Eddins and had the privilege of leading the orchestra at New York’s Carnegie Hall “Spring for Music Festival” concert.
Eric Buchmann studied violin at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and at the Université de Montréal, where he earned a Bachelor of Music and a diploma. In 2001, he moved to Los Angeles to continue his studies at the University of Southern California with Martin Chalifour, the concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Two years later, he joined the New World Symphony after auditions in Miami Beach where he played under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
Eric performs regularly as a soloist with the ESO and has been featured in works such as Tzigane by Maurice Ravel, Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto, and Vaughn Williams’s Lark Ascending. He also premiered Fantasy on Themes from Swan Lake based on Tchaikovsky’s ballet and arranged for violin and orchestra by the composer David Matthews.
In his spare time, Eric likes to hike, bike, and ski in the mountains, as well as travel. His favourite composers include Sibelius, Bach, and Mozart and he loves Italian operas. Eric has the pleasure of playing on a 1930 Italian violin by Gaetano Sgarabotto.