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"Spellbinding . . . a disciplined musician beyond his years"

~San Antonio Express-News


Since his concerto debuts at the age of 14 in the United States, Spain, and Portugal, American violinist Eric Gratz has been celebrated as an exciting performer, known for his daring musical interpretations and impressive stylistic versatility. Equally desired as soloist, concertmaster, chamber musician, and teacher, he maintains a varied schedule that has taken him to four continents, performing in the world’s great concert halls with leading musicians of our time.

In 2013, at the age of 22, Gratz became the youngest Concertmaster in North America, accepting the post with the San Antonio Symphony, and appeared numerous times as soloist with the orchestra in repertoire ranging from Bach to Kurt Weill. Additional solo appearances include The Cleveland Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, CityMusic Cleveland, Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Euclid Symphony, Kings Symphony, and the Mid-Texas Symphony, with conductors Giancarlo Guerrero, David Danzmayr, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Akiko Fujimoto, Noam Aviel, and Tito Muñoz. In demand as a Guest Concertmaster, he has appeared in recent seasons with the Santa Fe Opera, The Phoenix Symphony, and Louisiana Philharmonic.


A dedicated chamber musician and recitalist, Gratz has appeared at Mainly Mozart Festival, Maui Classical Music Festival, Castleton Chamber Players, Austin Chamber Music, Cactus Pear Music Festival, Incontri Musicali, Musical Bridges around the World, Música Ocupa, and frequently performs as a member of the Olmos Ensemble. He has enjoyed collaborations with violinists Vadim Gluzman and Eric Silberger; cellist Julian Schwarz; pianists Anton Nel, Orion Weiss, Jeffrey Kahane, ET Kim, and Jon Kimura Parker; harpsichordist/conductor Jeannette Sorrell; and current/former members of the Vertavo, Pacifica, Mendelssohn, Formosa, and Fine Arts String Quartets.


As a recording artist, Gratz has appeared on several albums. His debut album of virtuoso works for violin and piano (Eric Gratz, with pianist ET Kim) was released in 2016 on his own label. It charted at #11 on Billboard Classical, making it the top independent release in the United States for its first week. He has subsequently recorded two other albums with the Olmos Ensemble, Olmos Live (2016) and Made In France (2019), performing works by Harbison, Prokofiev, and Ravel.


Gratz believes it is of the utmost importance to inspire the next generation of musicians, and currently serves as an Apollo's Fire Senior Teaching Artist-in-Residence at Southland College Prep in South Chicago. He has served on competition juries from the local level to MTNA Nationals, and has been invited to teach at leading music schools, including Rice University, University of Texas Austin, and Texas Christian University. A proponent of utilizing new technology to help democratize education, he has recorded several hours of video courses for TONEBASE, focusing on the music of Kreisler, Ysaÿe, and Beethoven.


A prizewinner of national and international competitions, Eric Gratz holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and his former teachers include Cho-Liang Lin, William Preucil, Linda Cerone, Claudia Shiuh, and Cynthia Stuart. He plays a violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, c. 1840. For more information, please visit



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5.5.24 & 5.6.24

Brahms: Sonata no. 1 in G Major, op. 78

Jon Nakamatsu, Piano

San Antonio, TX



Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Mozart: Sonata in G Major, K 301

Prokofiev: 5 Melodes, op. 35b

Price: Fantasie in G Minor

Ravel: Vocalise-étude en forme de Habanera

ET Kim, Piano

Chicago, IL


Bonis: Suite, op. 59

Clara Schumann: 3 Romances

Bonis: Suite, "dans style le ancien"

Janice Carissa, Piano

San Antonio, TX


Mozart: Sonata in G Major, K 301

Johan Novacek, Piano

San Antonio, TX


Guest Concertmaster

Louisiana Philharmonic

New Orleans, LA


Guest Concertmaster

Louisiana Philharmonic

New Orleans, LA



Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps

Ravel: Duo for Violin and Cello

Ani Aznavoorian, Cello

Marta Aznavoorian, Piano

San Antonio, TX


Beethoven: Sonata in E Flat Major

Bartok: Contrasts

Scott Cuellar, Piano

San Antonio, TX


Brandenburg Concerto no. 4

Telemann: Method Violin Sonata in G Minor

Eccles: Bellamira Variations

Jeannette Sorrell, Harpsichord

San Antonio, TX


The Zoellner Quartet Tribute

Mozart: String Quartet K590
Eleanor Alberga: String Quartet #2    
Brian Shank: Tribus capellis - GAC commission 
Dvorak: Quartet #14 in A flat         

James Thompson, Violin

Anthony Bracewell, Viola

Julian Muller, Cello  

Chatham, NY


Strauss: Violin Sonata

Christopher Guzman, Piano

San Antonio, TX

4.22 & 23

Mozart: Complete Viola Quintets

"Quintessentially Mozart" Spring Festival

Castleton Chamber Players

Castleton, VA


Guest Concertmaster

Louisiana Philharmonic

New Orleans, LA

3.20 and 21

Etler: Concerto for Violin & Winds

Hoffmeister: Duo for Flute & Violin

San Antonio, TX


Guest Concertmaster

Louisiana Philharmonic

New Orleans, LA


Brahms: Piano Quintet

Penderecki: Clarinet Quartet

Anton Nel, Piano

Sarah Manzke, Violin

Matthew Cohen, Viola

Julian Schwarz, Cello

San Antonio, TX


Ysaye: Sonata no. 5

Stravinsky: Pastorale for Violin & Winds

Fuchs: Duo for Clarinet & Violin

San Antonio, TX


Guest Concertmaster

Louisiana Philharmonic

New Orleans, LA


Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Mid-Texas Symphony

Akiko Fujimoto, Conductor

New Braunfels, TX


Tartini: Devil's Trill Sonata arr. Kreisler

Rota: Trio for Violin, Flute, & Piano

Menotti: Trio for Violin, Clarinet, & Piano

San Antonio, TX


JS Bach: Trio Sonata in G Major BWV 1039

Telemann: Tafelmusic in D Minor TWV 43:d1

San Antonio, TX


Creston: Suite for Violin & Piano

Brahms: Piano Trio in C Minor

Ravel: Piano Trio

Euntaek Kim, Piano

Allan Steele, Cello

San Antonio, TX


Debussy: Sonata in G Minor

Marika Bournaki, Piano

San Antonio, TX


Guest Concertmaster and Soloist

The Phoenix Symphony

Phoenix, AZ


Verdi: String Quartet

Chausson: Concert for Violin, Piano, & String Quartet

Castleton Chamber Players

Castleton, VA


JS Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe

YOSA Symphony

Paul Lueders, Oboe

San Antonio, TX


Holst: Sextet

San Antonio, TX


Schubert: Cello Quintet

Castleton Chamber Players

Castleton, VA


Arvo Pärt: Fratres
Handel/Halvorsen: Sarabande

Jon Kimura Parker, Piano

Aloysia Friedmann, Viola


Milhaud: Trio

Debussy: La Plus Que Lent

Faure: Berceuse

Ravel: Kaddisch

Jeffrey Kahane, Piano


Kevin Puts: Three Nocturnes

Lennox Berkely: Horn Trio

Scott Cuellar, Piano


Repertoire by Biber, Telemann, Purcell, Marais, Baltzar

Jeannette Sorrell, Harpsichord



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