Eric Dahlin, Assistant Principal, Cello

Eric Dahlin photoEric Dahlin, assistant principal cellist of the Hartford Symphony, began his musical training in Minneapolis with Cynthia Eddie Britt, former assistant principal cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra. He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Derek Simpson, acclaimed cellist of the Aeolian String Quartet. He received his B.M. from the Hartt School where he studied with David Wells and received an M.M. from the Yale University School of Music where he studied with Aldo Parisot and was recipient of George Houpt Knight Award for Excellence in String Playing.

Eric won a position in the HSO during his second year of undergraduate studies and later won the position of assistant principal. For the season opener in 2006, he played the solo cello part of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with guest soloist Sarah Chang. The Hartford Courant praised the continuo playing as “extraordinary” and noted that “Chang frequently turned to fix upon principal cellist Eric Dahlin creating high intensity exchanges and precise rhythmic co-ordinations.” Eric has served as principal cellist of the Cape Cod Symphony and Summer Music at Harkness. He performs with Orchestra New England and the New Haven Symphony.

An avid chamber musician, Eric has performed extensively in the US and Europe. Locally, he can be heard playing with Hop River Chamber Players, Wall Street Chamber Players in New Haven and Loomis Chaffee’s Island Chamber Players. In addition to playing with Sunday Serenades, he performs frequently on the Trinity College Summer Series and Sundays at the Parlor on Park with Gary Chapman, pianist and long-time chamber music partner. Eric spent five summers at the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival in Vermont.

Teaching is an important part of Eric’s life and he maintains a studio at the Hartt School and at his home. His students have won numerous competitions including top prizes at HSO Concerto Competition and CT MTNA Solo Competition, and gone on to receive performance degrees from top conservatories including Manhattan School of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory. Eric is founder and director of Music Adventure, a summer chamber music program which, since 1999, has convened in Croatia, Austria and Italy. Currently, Music Adventure ( hosts programs for high school string players at Tenuta di Spannocchia, a historic agricultural estate near Siena, Italy.

Eric lives in Tariffville with his girlfriend Katie, also a cellist, two sons Martin and Elias, and dog Max.

Eric Dahlin passed away suddenly on October 12, 2018. He was appreciated by his HSO family for his kind spirit and love of music, and is deeply missed.

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