Eric N. Pritchard

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music


084 Mary Duke Biddle, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
(919) 660-3325
Office Hours: 
Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 and by appointment

As First Violinist of the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University, Eric Pritchard performs regularly throughout the U.S. and abroad and can be heard on many commercial recordings. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Boston Pops and Indianapolis Philharmonic. Festival appearances include Mostly Mozart, Norfolk, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Monadnock Music, Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and the Castle Hill Festival. Pritchard was the First Prize Winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Award in Violin, the Coleman and Fischoff national chamber music competitions, and the London International String Quartet Competition. Formerly First Violinist of the Alexander and Oxford Quartets. Studies with Josef Gingold, Ivan Galamian, Isadore Tinkleman and Eric Rosenblith. Current research is focused on incorporating Alexander Technique into violin performance and teaching.


  • M.Mus. 1985, The Juilliard School
  • B.Mus. 1983, Indiana University at Bloomington
  • The Yellow Barn Music Festival 1981
  • Meadowmount School of Music 1980, (Studies with Ivan Galamain)
  • New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division 1979, (Studies with Eric Rosenblith and Benjamin Zander, Senior Certificate)
  • The Yellow Barn Music Festival 1979
  • The Quartet Program 1978, (Studies with Charles Castleman)

Human Gestures. Musician. (1999)


E.N. Pritchard, "Human Gestures" (1999) (Music by Scott Lindroth, CRI (808) String Quartet.)

Music from the Highlands Chamber Music Festival. Musician. (1999)


E.N. Pritchard, Music from the Highlands Chamber Music Festival (1999) (Saint Saens Piano Quintet with Will Ransom.)

Palm Court Christmas. Musician. (1999)


E.N. Pritchard, Oxford String Quartet, Palm Court Christmas, Mastersound (15095-1818-2) (1999)


Violin Concerto. Musician. (2007)


Concert and recording of a new violin concerto which I commissioned from composer Mark Kuss.

Moving Forward. Musician. (2005)


String Quartet by Sherry Woods to be performed January, 2006

Eric Pritchard: Solo Performances, 2005. Musician. (2005)


February 26, Solo in Klezmer Klarinet Concert with Michele Gingras and Joshua Moss, Nelson Music Room, Duke Univ.
March 2, Solo Recital with Jane Hawkins, Carol Woods, Chapel Hill, NC
March 6, Solo Recital with Jane Hawkins, Nelson Music Room, Duke Univ.