Eric Huckins is a New York-based horn player and brass educator. A winner of Astral Artist's 2018 National Auditions, Eric is the first horn player to be a part of their roster.
As a new music enthusiast, Eric in the past two years alone has commissioned and premiered over 50 works for solo horn and in chamber settings including pieces by Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis, Princeton Professor Emeritus Paul Lansky, and Rome Prize winner Sean Friar.
A passionate chamber musician, Eric is a founding member of multiple ensembles including The Brass Project and Tangent Winds who received the Bronze Medal at The Fischoff Competition. Eric has been featured as a chamber musician at festivals such as Music from Angel Fire and Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. In 2015 and 2018, Eric held the Brass Quintet Fellowship at Aspen Music Festival. He has also appeared with The American Brass Quintet.
A community builder, Eric is the Co-Founder and Artistic Coordinator of The Arts at Blessed Sacrament, an arts series based in New York City which features the work of young artists through chamber music, orchestral concerts, dance, and art installations. In 2015, Eric revived the band program at South Philadelphia High School through his Community Artist Project at the Curtis Institute of Music which is now continued through Curtis’ Community Artist Fellow program.
As an educator, Eric most recently gave a masterclass on brass and electronic music at The Juilliard school in October, 2018. He has held Gluck and Music Advancement Program fellowships through Juilliard. Eric has been in residence at Navajo Technical University with The Heartbeat Project, working with students from Kindergarten through 12th grade on composition and improvisation. While on the reservation, Eric developed a passion for traditional Navajo (Dinè) music and enjoys in his spare time arranging folk songs from various cultures.
In orchestral settings, Eric is currently Principal horn of Symphony in C. He has appeared with ensembles such as The Philadelphia Orchestra and the American Ballet Theater.
Eric received his Bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music studying with Jennifer Montone and Jeffrey Lang and his Master’s degree from The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Julie Landsman. He has also studied historical performance extensively with R.J. Kelley. Outside of his musical life, Eric is a guacamole enthusiast.