Eric Gratz
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Eric Gratz

Eric G.

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Levels taught:
Intermediate, Advanced
Study with the Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony! Prizewinner of international violin competitions, Billboard-charting recording artist. I've taught at Rice University, UT Austin, TCU, and given many masterclasses in the US and abroad. My goal as a teacher is to make myself superfluous. I teach my students to find their own unique voice, not how to copy my style. My former teachers include Cho-Liang Lin, Linda Cerone, among many others.

I love teaching all aspects of violin, and a good teacher will listen to you before having an idea of what to say. If you want to do some deep work on technique, musicality, or mental stamina, we'll get right to it. Proficiency in reading music is a basic requisite for my fee to be worth your time.

About Eric G.

I'm very fortunate to be able to regularly collaborate with many incredible artists in my international career as a concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. I've learned from everyone I've ever worked with, and this is especially true when it comes to my private students. As the brilliant jazz pianist Bill Evans once stated, we all have within ourselves a universal ability for music. The only limitation is the one our mind constructs. It is an absolute joy to watch my students blossom beyond a level they thought they could achieve. My aim is to spark a curiosity in every student, and to make classical music something that can be enjoyed by all.

Career highlights:
2005: Concerto debuts in United States, Spain, and Portugal
2008: Major orchestral solo debut with The Cleveland Orchestra at
Severance Hall
Major recital debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
First recital tour (Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C.)
Gold Medal, St. Paul String Quartet Competition
2010: Prizewinner at Portnoy International Competition
Semifinalist at Yehudi Menuhin International Competition
2012: Asia debut - performance/masterclass, Beijing, China
2013: Named Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony at age 22, the youngest concertmaster in North America
2016: Debut album released
#11 on Billboard Classical Chart
Launch of boutique record label, EGM
Mainly Mozart Festival Debut
2018: Invited Acting Concertmaster, Santa Fe Opera
2019: South America debut - Musica Ocupa, Quito, Ecuador

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Aaron
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Mr. Gratz has been amazing for my children. As a phenomenal violinist he is able to inspire them by his example. When he demonstrates a section of music, I see my children’s faces light up with excitement. As an excellent educator he tailors his instruction to the unique needs and personalities of each of my children. He exudes the perfect blend of excitement and discipline in his teaching. He is both demanding and caring in his expectations. It is a real privilege for our children to get to take lessons with Mr. Gratz.

Posted Aug 2, 2020
Anthony
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Cool guy, demanding teacher, great combination. Seriously, this guy knows his stuff. I leave every lesson with something new to work on for the next lesson and I know what I’m getting is some of the best there is. Anyone would be really fortunate to study with Eric, so I’m glad I’m able to every week.

Posted Jun 27, 2020
Sharon
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Eric is an exceptional violinist and teacher. I have taken lessons with him for about 4 years now, starting with in-home lessons and now online lessons due to covid. In my lessons, Eric really shines in teaching bow hold and nuanced bow strokes, as well as teaching musicality. Prior to Eric, I had taken lessons with about 7 or 8 different teachers, who were good in their own different ways, however had focused primarily on left hand technique. Eric showed me that there is so much more to playing and executing music at a high level. In lessons we discuss musical interpretations, something I had never had to do or think about before, much less vocalize. Eric also pushed me to play genres of music that were outside my comfort zone, so I have grown as a musician by better understanding different genres and not just the ones I am comfortable with. There is also something about having a good teacher/student relationship and interactions, which involve the expectations, pace of learning, and the ways in which a teacher instructs (which encompasses attitude, analogies, etc); Eric has a really good way of describing things, as well as putting enough of a fire under your butt to make you push harder. There is nothing that can replace having a teacher who can actually play and demonstrate, and not just talk about how a technique should be. Eric can PLAY. And in lessons, his ears are so good and quick they can hear and pick up on things like you wouldn’t believe, EVEN over online lessons! I also love that I was able to learn very high level etudes, like Paganini caprices, and he really knows them and can play them, so you have confidence in the way you approach the music and techniques. Whoever takes lessons with Eric is very lucky because his knowledge isn’t just walking around with your every day violin teachers, it’s really special.

Posted Jun 27, 2020
Samuel I.
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Eric has really been an inspiration to me in both violin playing and as a person! He has paved the way to me becoming the violinist I am today! I am forever in debt of every opportunity and guidance Mr. Gratz has given, and I would reccomend to everyone, because he is a truly special teacher with many different ways and strategies of approaching your needs as a violinist!

Posted Jun 26, 2020

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Experience

Concertmaster
Oct 2013 - Present

San Antonio Symphony

Education

Master of Music (Violin)
Aug 2012 - May 2014

Rice University, Shepherd School of Music

Bachelor of Music (Violin)
Aug 2009 - May 2012

Cleveland Institute of Music

Young Artist Diploma (Violin)
Aug 2007 - May 2009

Cleveland Institute of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

San Antonio Symphony
Oct 2013
The mission of the San Antonio Symphony is to delight, inspire, and engage our entire community through excellent performance, education, and outreach. On February 16 2010, Sebastian Lang-Lessing was introduced as the eighth music director in the orchestra’s 71 year history. On October 2, 2010 Sebastian Lang-Lessing made his debut as new music director with a sold-out performance featuring Mahler Symphony No. 1, “Titan.” His Classic Series debut was January 7, 2011. Lang-Lessing brings vast experience in both opera and symphonic music and performs with almost unlimited energy and passion. From Berlin to Paris, from Australia to Houston, from San Francisco to San Antonio, audiences have been swept away.

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