"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 a soloist, Schultz has won multiple grants and competitions, including the prestigious Rislov Foundation grant for excellence in classical music, awarded for his performance of Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto, and the Mozarteum Salzburg Festival Competition for his performance of Bohuslav Martinů’s Sonatina. As a foremost expert on contemporary articulation techniques, he 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 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 orchestral clarinetist, 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.
As an advocate for new music, 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 teaches for the Harmony Program, often referred to as the city’s adaptation of Venezuela’s El Sistema. He 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