Hornist Eric Reed to perform with Canadian Brass
October 17, 2010. The Canadian Brass is delighted to announce that hornist Eric Reed is joining the group replacing Jeff Nelsen who leaves to pursue other opportunities as well as begin his new family. Chuck Daellenbach comments “Eric had stepped in to perform with us several times over the past year. We were astonished how easily he blended into the group with very little available rehearsal time. Recently, when Jeff told us of the increasing demands on his time at Indiana University as well as starting a family, he also encouraged us to ask Eric to take over his role with the Brass. We are all very eager to have our audiences hear what led us to Eric!”
Eric Reed is a native of Indiana and began playing the horn at age nine, encouraged by his musician parents. His studies took him to Rice University and then The Juilliard School. He has already had a successful career as a member of the Harrisburg Symphony, Oregon Symphony and New World Symphony as well as his nomination as a fellow at The Academy- a music program sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School for the finest young professional musicians today. It is designed to develop the artistic values and skills necessary for careers that combine musical excellence with education, community engagement, advocacy, and leadership. He’s also gained valuable experience performing with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Florida Orchestra and Kansas City Symphony. He has graced the orchestras of Radio City Music Hall, many Broadway Theaters (including West Side Story and South Pacific) and played with Ray Charles, Wynton Marsalis and BoyzIIMen.
On his appointment to the Brass, Eric had this to say “It is a huge honor to be a member of the Canadian Brass. I grew up listening to them on record and in concert and I feel so incredibly fortunate to now be a part of their storied legacy. There is nothing like the experience of performing with Canadian Brass – the energy the group puts into their presentation is only matched by the enthusiasm of our amazing audiences, and the result is something unparalleled in the music business. I’ve never experienced anything like it.”
Eric’s musical journey started when his parents, both keyboardists, introduced him to music, beginning with the piano. A colleague and close family friend of his parents played the horn professionally and soon Eric was taking his first horn lessons at the relatively young age of nine. He eventually earned scholarships to the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston Texas, where his major teachers were Roger Kaza and William Ver Meulen and then did his post-graduate degree at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied with Julie Landsman on scholarship. Eric also spent summers playing at the Spoleto Festival and Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded the Harry Shapiro Award for outstanding brass playing in 2002. His horn influences are many but cites the legendary Dennis Brain and Canadian Brass alum David Ohanian as particular favorites.
Eric remembers his first performance with the Canadian Brass – “it was in January 2010 and was very memorable because of what a major musical experience it was in my life, and how much I prepared for it!”
An avid cook as well as tennis and golf enthusiast, Eric is currently engaged and lives in New York City.