Eric Pritchard, who joined the Ciompi Quartet in 1995, was formerly the First Violinist of the Alexander and Oxford Quartet and has taught at Miami University, San Francisco State University, City University of New York, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Pritchard has performed as concerto soloist with orchestras including the Boston Pops and the Orchestra of New England and has served as Concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony, the Opera Company of North Carolina and the Spoleto Festival.
A native of Durham, New Hampshire, he studied at the New England Conservatory, the Indiana University School of Music and The Juilliard School, where he received a Master of Music in 1985. His principal teachers were Joseph Gingold, Ivan Galamian, Eric Rosenblith and Giorgio Ciompi. Pritchard was awarded First Prizes at the London International String Quartet Competition and at the Coleman and Fischoff national chamber music competitions. He was also the winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Award in violin in 1981.
Pritchard’s solo and chamber music performances have been recorded on the Naxos, MSR Classics, Albany, Amplitude, Arabesque, Carlton, CRI, Gallo, Gasparo, Mastersound, Pro Organo, VAC, and Verdi labels. He currently resides in Durham, NC with his wife, Laura Lawton and sons, Shea and Aaron.