Eric Kline


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Mr. Kline has played in Chamber and Symphony Orchestras throughout the US as well as Heidelberg, Germany at the Schlossfestspiele.  He has played with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Columbus Symphony, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.  He has also been a featured soloist with the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra on several occasions. He was Principal 2nd in the Knoxville Symphony, and Assistant Concertmaster and Concertmaster with Orchestra Iowa. He was also a guest concertmaster with the Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, and engaged in a collaboration to perform and record Wynton Marsalis’ Fiddlers Tale and Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat.

While attending DePaul University in Chicago, he was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, playing under esteemed conductors Daniel Barenboim, Sir George Solti, and Pierre Boulez, and working under the Concertmasters of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to his other work, Eric led the DePaul University Symphony as Concertmaster.  After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance, Eric was accepted into the Eastman School of Music in New York.  Here, he received the prestigious Starling Foundation Fellowship Award as one of the top violinists at Eastman.  He also led the Graduate Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster and performed with Collegium Musicum, a group that specialized in Baroque and Pre-Baroque music.  Mr. Kline graduated the Eastman School with a Master’s Degree in Performance and Literature and received high honors with the Performer’s Certificate in Violin. Eric enjoys automotives, photography, soccer, and martial arts. He holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Shaolin KungFu with the title of Sifu, and is a practitioner of Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He lives in Columbus with his wife and two sons.