Eric graduated with an Upper Merit from the Newark School of Violinmaking in 2006 where he was awarded the Benslow Music Trust Prize for his final year test instrument. After graduation, Eric moved from Central Scotland to the Outer Hebridean Island of North Uist where he makes violins, violas and cellos from his new, purpose-built workshop. Focusing on tonal delivery and high quality of workmanship, Eric is committed to achieving an aesthetic for his instruments that will balance their non-antiqued look with a sympathetic, subtle and pleasing finish by which he aims to represent the best of the classic instruments, as they would have looked when first produced in the workshops of the great Cremonese masters.
What a marvelous instrument. I'm so glad I traveled all the way from the Middle East to Cardiff to play your wonderful violin. Having played in orchestras from the age of 7, I went on to lead most orchestras I played in right through my Masters of Music degree to now, in Doha, where I lead the Doha Community Orchestra whilst at the same time act as Head of Music at Doha College, Doha Qatar. Having extracted every bit of sound of my old violin it was time for an upgrade. I had no idea new violins could sound this good. In fact, it was so good my partner (a cellist) was so impressed with the violin sound that he played your cello and didn't want to play another after hearing it (he's now saving up). Recently we had the Williams Formula 1 team visit school and so I include a link to the You Tube clip, it's not my recording but I was playing the Bach! When they send me the photo I will pass a copy on to yourself too.
Doha Community Orchestra, Qatar
Eric uses only the highest quality wood for all his instruments, which he personally selects from tonewood suppliers in Italy (spruce) and across Europe (maple/sycamore) with occasional pieces from the UK. All wood has been well-aged and left to stabilise in his workshop for years before use. Instruments are finished with Eric’s own oil varnish and are set-up using the finest boxwood or rosewood fittings.
Eric is a member of the British Violin Makers Association (BVMA) and an active member of Violin Makers Scotland where, along with other top Scottish makers, he regularly displays and promotes Scottish instrument making at events across the UK.