Eric Dahlin, Traditional Cello
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Eric Dahlin

Eric dahlin, traditional cello

Eric Dahlin, Traditional Cello

Eric Dahlin, assistant principal cellist of The Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO), began his musical training in Minneapolis with Cynthia Eddie Britt, former assistant principal cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra. He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Derek Simpson, acclaimed cellist of the Aeolian String Quartet. He received his BM from The University of Hartford's The Hartt School, where he studied with David Wells, and received an MM from the Yale University School of Music, where he studied with Aldo Parisot and was recipient of George Houpt Knight Award for Excellence in String Playing.

Dahlin won a position in the HSO during his second year of undergraduate studies and later won the position of assistant principal. For the season opener in 2006, he played the solo cello part of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with guest soloist Sarah Chang. The Hartford Courant praised the continuo playing as “extraordinary” and noted that “Chang frequently turned to fix upon principal cellist Dahlin Dahlin creating high intensity exchanges and precise rhythmic co-ordinations.” Dahlin has served as principal cellist of the Cape Cod Symphony and Summer Music at Harkness. He performs with Orchestra New England and the New Haven Symphony.

An avid chamber musician, Dahlin has performed extensively in the US and Europe. Locally, he can be heard playing on the Hartford Symphony's Sunday Serenades concert series at the Wadsworth Atheneum, with Hop River Chamber Players in Andover, Wall Street Chamber Players in New Haven and Loomis Chaffee’s Island Chamber Players. He also performs frequently on the Trinity College Summer Series and Sundays at the Parlor on Park with Gary Chapman, pianist and long-time chamber music partner. Dahlin spent five summers at the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival in Vermont.

Teaching is an important part of Dahlin’s life and he maintains a studio at the Hartt School and at his home. His students have won numerous competitions, including top prizes at HSO Concerto Competition and CT MTNA Solo Competition, and have gone on to receive performance degrees from top conservatories including Manhattan School of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory. Dahlin is founder and director of Music Adventure, a summer chamber music program which, since 1999, has convened in Croatia, Austria, and Italy. Currently, Music Adventure hosts programs for high school string players at Tenuta di Spannocchia, a historic agricultural estate near Siena, Italy.