A Grammy nominated performer and sought after educator, Eric C. Davis’s career has been defined by his versatility, virtuosity, and what the New York Times referred to as his ability to play with “admirable poetry.” Currently a faculty member at Hofstra University, his career has taken him around the globe, performing and working with some of the finest musicians in the world.
Best known as a French Hornist, Eric’s international performance career includes stints as Principal Horn of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Queretaro, Mexico, and La Kamerata Chamber Orchestra in Athens, Greece. He has also performed with The American Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony, among several others.
Outside of his prolific orchestral career, Eric has made countless appearances on stage and screen, including a performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and in Broadway productions of Frozen, and Les Misérables. Other notable shows include Elton John’s Aida, and The Lion King.
- DMA, 2018, Rutgers University
- MM, 1996, Manhattan School of Music
- BM, 1993, University of Hartford
His dedication to his craft has made him one of New York’s most in demand horn players, as he has been recruited to work with David Byrne, The Roots, Sharon Jones, and many more. He is a two-time Grammy Award nominee, once for the full-length album, The Art of Arrangement, by Doug Beavers, and once for the 2012 Broadway cast recording of The Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”.
Eric has also had a successful career as an educator. Since earning his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers University, he has been working with students of all levels, teaching brass ensembles, private lessons, masterclasses, and clinics to elementary school and college students alike. As a member of The Gateway’s Brass Collective, he is proud to be able to help provide so many educational opportunities in his community. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of French Horn at Hofstra University, where he serves as Chamber Music Coach, as well as teaching Music History. As the creator of the Hofstra Horn Ensemble, he has been an integral part of building the University’s reputation for world class education in brass department.
Whatever musical venture Eric is undertaking, he approaches it with an unmatched enthusiasm, as his commitment to constantly learning and improving continues to keep him motivated. He is a unique talent with a gift for collaboration, and is looking forward to whatever musical opportunities the future may hold.