"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 the Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at Coastal Carolina University. As the 1st prize winner of the American Protégé International Competition in 2019, he will be performing in a solo recital at Carnegie Hall next season. He is also a 1st prize winner of the Brussels Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition, and recipient of the prestigious Rislov Foundation grant for excellence in classical music, awarded for his performance of Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto.
Schultz has performed with The Chelsea Symphony in New York City, and 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.
As an expert on contemporary articulation 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. He has commissioned and premiered the music of composers such as Liliya Ugay, Chiayu Hsu, Carlos Carrillo, Iván Enrique Rodríguez, Omar Surillo, and Tony Solitro, and is the founding clarinetist of the Victory Players 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 historically marginalized 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 completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance at Stony Brook University.
The Victory Players Contemporary Chamber Orchestra