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)

Moving Forward. Musician. (2005)


String Quartet by Sherry Woods to be performed January, 2006

Eric Pritchard: Solo Performances, 2004. Musician. (2004)


December 5 Performance as Concertmaster of “The Messiah,”Duke Chapel
December 4 Performance as Concertmaster of “The Messiah,”Duke Chapel
December 3 Performance as Concertmaster of “The Messiah,”Duke Chapel
June 13 Violin Soloi

Eric Pritchard: Solo Performances, 2003. Musician. (2003)


October 22 Violin Recital with Randall Love, Duke Chapel, Duke University
October 8 Solo Appearance with the Duke Symphony Orchestra, Duke University
September 7 Soloist in Performance of Bach’s Bradenburg Concerti, Mallarme Chamber Players,

Eric Pritchard: Solo Performances, 2002. Musician. (2002)


December 8 Performance as Concertmaster of “The Messiah,”Duke Chapel
December 7 Performance as Concertmaster of “The Messiah, “Duke Chapel
December 6 Performance as Concertmaster of “The Messiah,”Duke Chapel
November 3 Benefit Performance

Eric Pritchard: Solo Performances, 2001. Musician. (2001)


November 2 Performance of Beethoven Violin Sonata with Randy Love on historical instruments from the Eddy Collection, Duke University
September 9 Performance of Schubert Cello Quintet for Chamber Music at St. Lukes, Charlotte, NC
September 4 Bene