Cellist Eric Smith has made himself known throughout the U.S. and abroad as a multi-faceted musician performing styles from early music on period instruments, to contemporary music. As a soloist, chamber musician, and continuo player, Eric collaborates with ensembles including the Dallas Bach Society, Orchestra of New Spain, Texas Camerata, Ars Lyrica, Ensemble VIII, Denton Bach Society and the Denton Bach Players, Dallas Chamber Players, Bach Society of Houston, Mountainside Baroque, New York’s Concert Royal, New York Baroque Dance Company, Rumbarrocco, and the Orpheus Chamber Singers.
Eric has appeared as a guest artist and recitalist at festivals including the Boston Early Music Festival, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Crested Butte Music Festival, American Renaissance and Baroque Music Festival (Bolivia), Cervantino Festival (Mexico), Les Nuits Baroques (France), and was an artist-in-residence for two seasons at the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival in Colorado, as cellist of the Amir Quartet. In addition to concertizing with Quartet Galant, a period instrument string quartet, Eric has performed chamber music with such notable artists as violinist Andres Cardenes, violist Yizhak Schotten, the Miami String Quartet, as well as principal players of the New York Philharmonic, and the Pittsburgh and Detroit Symphonies. He has been featured in performances for the Lake Lewisville International Chamber Music Series, the Bechstein Hall Chamber Series in Little Rock, Arkansas, and has performed at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York under the auspices of the Schoenberg family. Eric attended the University of North Texas studying cello under the tutelage of Eugene Osadchy and early music with lutenist Lyle Nordstrom, where he was honored as a Winspear scholar. Eric also attended the International Baroque Institute at the Longy School of Music where he studied baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai, and has studied viola da gamba with Mary Springfels.