Hailed as ‘one of the best guitarists of his generation’
by the Trierischer Volksfreund after his European classical debut at age 24 (Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez), guitarist
Eric B. Davis is gaining recognition these days for his guitar work
in mediums ranging from classical recitals and soloist with orchestra
to session work in the areas of pop, rock, country, and Latin. Eric
was the first classical guitarist to graduate from The Juilliard School
where he earned a Master’s Degree and studied with renowned guitarist
Sharon Isbin. Eric's other major teachers include Michael Lorimer, David
Tanenbaum and Aaron Shearer.
As a classical artist,
Eric has performed both solo recitals and chamber music throughout the
United States including national tours with recording artists ‘Trio
Sonata:’ a flute, oboe and guitar trio. In New York he has performed
at Weill Hall in concerts of Brazilian music as well as with Ecuadorian
guitarist Terry Pazmino; Merkin Hall with members of the Manhattan Chamber
Orchestra; Alice Tully Hall with the Partch ensemble and the Juilliard
Opera Center orchestra under the direction of Julius Rudel. Eric also
performed at Lincoln Center’s ‘Focus’ festival, and
performed in the United States premiere of Toru Takemitsu’s chamber
work ‘Valeria.’ As an advocate of new music, he has also
commissioned works from American composer Eric Funk and German composer
Christian Jost. Internationally he has performed recitals and as soloist
with orchestra in Germany, Italy, Spain, Venezuela, and Brazil.
Eric is equally at home with pop/rock styles. He has recorded and/or performed with Kristen Chenoweth, Jason Danieley, Marin Mazzie, Aaron Tveit, Laura Osnes, Robert Creighton, Brooke Shields, Alice Ripley, Lucy Kaplansky, Nina Gordon, Clyde Alves, and Josh Franklin. Eric toured nationally with the show The Light In The Piazza (2006-2007). He performed in the world premiere of Billy Porter's Sondheim revue, Being Alive, at the Westport Country Playhouse. He has played on over a dozen Broadway shows. Eric held the guitar chair at Broadway's Next to Normal, Anything Goes and Ghost the Musical. Eric currently holds the guitar chair for Matilda the Musical on Broadway.