Co-Principal Flutist The International Contemporary Ensemble, Recitalist and Lecturer of Music
Belonging to the generation of young international classical musicians who are defying definition, flutist ERIC LAMB is steadily making a name for himself as a chamber musician, soloist, recitalist and lecturer. He was a recipient of the Millennium Young Artists’ Award from the James Tatum Foundation of the Arts, the National John Philip Sousa Award and a Dean’s Talent Scholarship from Oberlin College. In 2003, he was a finalist at the International Music Competition “Pacem in Terris” (Bayreuth, Germany), in 2004 he won first prize in the Polytechnische Gesellschaft Chamber Music Competition, 2006 first prize in the Lenzewski Music Competition followed later that year with first prize in the German Academic Exchange Performing Arts Competition, where he was also awarded the Goethe Prize.
Ensemble and chamber music form a central part of Eric’s musical activities. A core member of the New York based International Contemporary Ensemble – ICE, he has given world and U.S premiers of more than 100 works and worked closely with John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, Marc-Andres Dalbavie and Steve Schick. With ICE he has recorded on Tzadik, Bridge, NAXOS, New Amsterdam and New Focus.
Past solo engagements have included performances with ensembles such as the Oberlin Orchestra, the DePauw Chamber Orchestra, Cologne Chamber Ensemble, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, the City of Giessen Orchestra and the Frankfurt Music Academy Orchestra. Recent festival and recital appearances in Lugano, Graz, Gdansk, Salzburg, Bremen, Lockenhaus, Darmstadt, Belgium and Hamburg have all been major musical and professional impulses.
A seasoned orchestral player, he is invited regularly to perform with orchestras around the globe. From 2002 to 2007 he was principal substitute flutist with the Radio Orchestra of Frankfurt. During that time he also performed as principal flutist in the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, the Chamber Opera Orchestra of Frankfurt and the Deutsche Philharmoniker. In 2008 he performed with England’s City of Birmingham Orchestra on an extensive tour of Germany, Holland, Italy and Switzerland under the direction of Sakari Oramo.
Eric regularly presents lectures and master classes and has a small studio of private students in New York. Eric is an Artist Teacher for the American Composers Orchestra.
In 2000, Eric completed a flute performance degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the class of Michel Debost. He holds both a Master’s of Orchestral Performance and a Soloist’s Diploma – Germany’s highest and most prestigious music degree – from the Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt am Main where he studied with Thaddeus Watson. He received additional musical training at the Sculoa di Musica di Fiesole, Italy under the guidance of Chiara Tonelli.