Eric Bowser began
the study of the violin in 2001 in Houston,
Texas, at the age of 6. Upon moving with his family to the Hill
Country in 2002, he joined the Hill Country
Youth Orchestra and began private violin study
with Long Zhou, concertmaster of the Symphony of
Eric traveled to
with Mr. Zhouís Strings in Motion student
ensemble where the group performed in many of
the major cities in
In 2006, Eric joined the Symphony of the Hills where he became
the groupís youngest member.
Six years later, Eric continues to be the
youngest musician in the orchestra and is its
final high school-aged member.
Eric has been engaged each summer in prestigious music festivals. He has participated in the
Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio, the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, the Baylor University
orchestra and chamber music camps, and the Idyllwild Arts Symphony and Chamberfesin California.
In addition, Eric has successfully auditioned for orchestras sponsored by
the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).
He has been chosen the concertmaster of all the age level Region Orchestras for which he has auditioned in
the greater San Antonio area for the past six out of seven years.
In addition, Eric successfully placed for
positions in the TMEAís All-State orchestras and
performed at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center each of his
four high school years.
He was named a 2012 Young Master
by the Texas Commission of the Arts.
In March he performed at the Texas Medal of Arts Awards
in Austin for the VIP Legislative Reception at the Blanton Museum of Art on the University of
Eric has been selected to be part of the first National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
this summer. This honor comes from Carnegie Hall and its Weill Music Institute.According to the announcement from
Carnegie Hallís Artistic Director, Bowser is considered
to be among ďthe best of the bestĒ young musicians in
the United States.
As a member of NYO-USA, Bowser will
join other select young musicians between June 30 and
July 23, 2013, and work with orchestra director James
Ross and principal players from some of Americaís top
orchestras during a residency at Purchase College in
Purchase, New York. The
group will then tour with maestro Valery Gergiev and
violin soloist Joshua Bell, traveling to Washington, DC,
St. Petersburg, Moscow, and London.
Locally, Eric and his friends can be heard performing
for various civic groups, retirement homes, the
veteranís hospitals, and for weddings. Eric also enjoys playing bluegrass fiddle music
and the piano.He will graduate from Our Lady of the Hills in May and will be attending
Baylor University to continue pursuing a career in music this fall.