Eric Huckins is a New York-based horn player, educator, and arranger. Passionately striving to connect with audiences in creative musical mediums, Eric regularly incorporates commissioning, improvisation, and his own compositions into his various musical and social projects. 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 Philadelphia-based Brass Sextet, The Brass Project and Tangent Winds which 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. As an educator, Eric has held Gluck and Music Advancement Program fellowships through The Juilliard School. 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 music and enjoys in his spare time arranging early American folk songs.
In traditional settings, Eric has appeared with ensembles such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, American Ballet Theater and has performed as guest Principal Horn with the Netanya Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra.
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.