Violist Eric Nowlin has performed extensively throughout the United States as well as abroad. Past accomplishments include receiving second prize in the 2006 Walter W. Naumburg Competition, first prize in the 2003 Irving Klein International String Competition; first prize in the 2002 Hellam Young Artists Competition; grand prize in the 2001 Naftzger Young Artists Competition; and winner of the 2001 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition, which led to a performance of Hindemith’s Konzertmusik with Roberto Minzcuk conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall. Performances have included solo engagements with the Springfield Symphony in Missouri, Santa Cruz Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, and the Kumamoto Symphony in Japan, as well as recitals in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Mexico.
Mr. Nowlin is currently serving as Associate Principal Viola in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and is violist of the New Orford String Quartet. Other chamber music activities have included participating in festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia. He is a regular member of the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York City, and has also toured with Musicians from Marlboro and Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute. Previous to his position in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, he performed regularly as a substitute in the viola section of the New York Philharmonic from 2005 - 2008.
Mr. Nowlin was chosen as the recipient of a Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation Grant in 2004, an award intended for the advancement of young artist’s performance careers. He is currently on faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto for their Young Artist’s Performance Academy, and serves as Instructor of Viola at the University of Toronto. Mr. Nowlin received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, as a scholarship student of Samuel Rhodes.