"Kudos to Eric Schultz, who perfectly captures Woody Herman's jaunty clarinet part."
- Jamey Simmons, Director of Jazz Studies at Middle Tennessee State University
Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto, the title track of Jazz in Clear Water: Ebony, released in 2015.
Eric Schultz is an award-winning clarinetist based in New York City. As the 2019 1st-prize winner of the American Protégé International Competition, Schultz will be performing in a solo recital at Carnegie Hall this season. He is also the 2019 1st-prize winner of the Brussels Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition, and 2014 recipient of the prestigious Rislov Foundation grant for excellence in classical music, awarded for his performance of Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto.
Schultz performs with The Chelsea Symphony in New York City. He 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 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 can also be heard performing Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto, the title track of Jazz in Clear Water: Ebony, released by the University of Wisconsin in 2015.
As an expert on contemporary techniques, Schultz has been invited to perform and present at several international conferences, including the College Music Society’s conference in Vancouver and the International Clarinet Association conference in Ostend, Belgium. Schultz has commissioned and premiered the music of composers such as Liliya Ugay, Chiayu Hsu, Larry Baker, Omar Surillo, and Tony Solitro. He is the founding clarinetist of the Victory Players contemporary chamber orchestra. Sponsored by the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts and based in Holyoke, Massachusetts, a historically Puerto Rican town, the group actively commissions the music of living Puerto Rican composers. As a part of the chamber orchestra’s commitment to the outreach of new music, the group performs this music for young people and does masterclasses in local schools.
Schultz currently serves on the music faculty at Iona College, where he directs the Iona Ensemble. As a committed teaching artist, he also serves as a faculty mentor for the Harmony Program, a non-profit that brings music education to underserved communities. Schultz completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance at Stony Brook University. His principal teachers include Alan Kay, Alexander Fiterstein, and Melissa Koprowski.
The Victory Players Contemporary Chamber Orchestra