Eric Huckins is a New York based french horn player and brass educator dedicated to creatively sharing music through diverse musical styles. A winner of Astral Artist’s 2018 National Auditions, Eric is the first horn player to be a part of their roster.
As a chamber musician, Eric is currently a part of Erno Ensemble, a New York City based mixed sextet. He has been a founding member of multiple groups including The Brass Project and Tangent Winds, who received the bronze medal at The Fischoff Competition in 2018. He has toured the United States extensively with Frisson Ensemble and The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. Eric has been a featured artist at various chamber music festivals including Music from Angel Fire and Cape Cod Music Festival.
Passionate about expanding repertoire for the horn, Eric regularly commissions and premiers new works for horn as a solo instrument and in chamber settings. Alongside composer Nick DiBerardino and The Brass Project, Eric curated an initiative, called “Cityscaping,” generated thirty-five new pieces of engaging civic music for outdoor performance, including works by Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis, Rome Prize winner Sean Friar, and Princeton Professor Emeritus Paul Lansky. Praised as “great fun” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the project culminated in new music concerts in dozens of schools, public spaces, and non-traditional concert venues. Eric’s debut album ‘Drifter’ anticipated for Fall 2020 is a collection of new works for horn by Eric and 9 other young composers.
In orchestral settings, Eric is currently Principal Horn of Symphony in C and has appeared with orchestras throughout the United States and internationally such as American Ballet Theater, The Netanya Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. On natural horn participating in historically informed ensembles, Eric has performed with Clarion Music Society and Teatro Nuovo Orchestra.
As a committed teacher, Eric recently, he gave a masterclass on brass and electronic music at The Juilliard school in October, 2018. He is horn faculty at the Mahanaim School on Long Island and is a regular brass clinician at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus. 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.
A community builder, Eric was the Co-Founder and Artistic Coordinator of The Arts at Blessed Sacrament, an arts series based in New York City which featured the work of young artists through chamber music, orchestral concerts, dance, and art installations from 2017 to 2019. 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. Eric is looking forward to an upcoming project with the Aquinas Center in Philadelphia building “Stories of Home” through musical mediums.
Eric received his Bachelor’s Degree from Curtis Institute of Music and his Master’s degree from The Juilliard School. Outside of his musical life, Eric enjoys spending time with his Fiancé and violinist, Gergana and is an avid guacamole enthusiast.