ERIC WILSON BIO Cellist/Conductor

Distinguished Canadian cellist Eric Wilson has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A student of Claude Kenneson, Leonard Rose and Harvey Shapiro, he received the Morris Loeb Fund Prize for Graduate Strings from the Juilliard School. He was solo cellist of the Ensemble of New York, group in residence at Lincoln Center, and a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet when it won the Walter W. Naumburg Competition for Chamber Ensembles. Wilson continues to give premiere performances of new works for solo cello and small ensembles as a member of NU:BC, a cutting-edge contemporary ensemble. Since 1987 Wilson has chaired the String Division at the University of British Columbia, School of Music.

Eric began cello lessons in Winnipeg with Ken Murphy and fondly remembers playing as cellist in the Wilson family trio together with his sister, pianist, Kerrine and his violinist brother, Carlisle. In later years, he played with his mother, Thelma (Guttormson) Wilson performing in many music centers in the USA, Canada and Europe. Highlights include radio broadcasts for the CBC in Winnipeg and Vancouver, and for the National Broadcasting Radio Network in Iceland. Their recital at the Geneva International Competition in Switzerland (1971) resulted in a Bronze Medal win.

Concert performances for 2019 include solo appearances in New York City with the North/South Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Max Lifchitz, conducting master classes in the North West Territories, and chamber music teaching at the Charles Castleman Quartet Program in Linfield, Oregon, USA.

Eric, we are happy to have your participation in this conference and welcome you ‘home’ to Winnipeg!