Trumpeter Eric Berlin has made the music of our time the focus of his career. As a soloist, Eric has commissioned, premiered, and recorded new works for trumpet from some of today's most exciting composers, including Robert Bradshaw, Michael Ellison, Eric Ewazen, Evan Hause, Salvatore Macchia, Stephen Paulus, and James Stephenson. In March 2012, Eric premiered and recorded “True Colors for Trumpet and Orchestra” by George Tsontakis, which was commissioned for him by the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Calls and Echoes, a new recording of American trumpet sonatas with pianist Nadine Shank was released in August 2013. His release titled Fantastique documents works he commissioned and premiered for trumpet and wind ensemble by Evan Hause, Jeffrey Holmes, Stephen Paulus, and James Stephenson.
Eric has been a featured soloist at several International Trumpet Guild Conferences, including a full recital of commissions in 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand and concerto performances in 2004, 2007, 2012, and 2013. He has performed as a soloist with the Hartford, Albany, and Brooklyn Symphony Orchestras, the Helsinki University Orchestra, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and the wind ensembles of the University of Massachusetts and the University of Denver. Of his performance with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Boston Globe wrote, "Eric Berlin poured out dazzling, clarion brightness with elegant edges".
As Principal Trumpet of the Grammy Award-winning Albany Symphony Orchestra since 1998, Eric can be heard on more than a dozen acclaimed recordings that include works by John Corigliano, Morton Gould, John Harbison, Roy Harris, William Schuman, and Michael Torke, among others. He holds the same position with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, where he can be heard on three dozen recordings by living American composers, including Derek Bermel, Jacob Druckman, Robert Erickson, Lukas Foss, Charles Fussell, Steven Mackey, Gunther Schuller, and Evan Ziporyn. Since 2006, Eric has spent his summers performing as Associate Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to his regular positions, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops.
Eric enjoys international regard as a trumpet pedagogue. He maintains a studio as Artist-Teacher of Trumpet at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he hosted the 2007 International Trumpet Guild Conference. He has given master classes at Baylor University, Eastman School of Music, Yale University, the University of North Texas, Virginia Commonwealth University, Northeastern University, and University of New Hampshire, as well as the Turku Conservatory in Turku and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Eric is a member of the Board of Directors and a lifetime member of the International Trumpet Guild.
A native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Eric attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Charles Schlueter, former Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Robert Nagel of the New York Brass Quintet. He has also studied extensively with Vincent Penzerella of the New York Philharmonic, Tom Rolfs of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Frank Kadarabek, former Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
When not performing and teaching, he can be found running, hiking and biking in western Massachusetts where he lives with his wife Alison and their pack of three big dogs.