A native of Lancaster Pennsylvania, violist Eric Martin has been performing and teaching in the Berkshires since 2001. His undergraduate studies were at Ithaca College where he studied viola with Debra Moree, violin with Ellen Jewett, and finished with degrees in Music Education and Viola Performance. While at Ithaca he participated in a series of chamber music coachings with the Ying Quartet. Eric then won a scholarship to study in Ireland at the University of Limerick with Italian violist Bruno Giuranna. As part of this graduate program, he traveled with a string trio to the Liszt Academy in Budapest. The trio collaborated with graduate students from the Academy, had coachings with Sandor Devich of the Bartok String Quartet as well other faculty members, and performed a program of string trios and piano quartets.
Eric has performed with the Syracuse Symphony, Orchestra of the Southern Fingerlakes, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, and Berkshire Bach Society. Since coming to the Berkshires, he has delved into traditional and folk music where he plays fiddle and sings with Bottom of the Bucket, The Flying Garbanzos, and Common Thread as well as collaborating on performances and recordings with numerous folk musicians. Along with his wife Nancy and dog Kylie, Eric currently lives and works at Gould Farm in Monterey Massachusetts where he also maintains a teaching studio.