Eric Siu has been a member of the San Antonio Symphony since fall 2013. A native of Hong Kong, Eric began playing the violin at the age of six. Following early studies with Catherine Lord and Patricia Noall at Wells Cathedral School in England, Eric moved to the United States where he studied at the Mannes College of Music and The Juilliard School with Sally Thomas. He completed his doctorate at Rice University under the guidance of Kathleen Winkler. His research at Rice focused on the relatively obscure genre of English violin concertos from the Classical era.
A multi-faceted violinist, Eric has performed in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. He has given concerto performances at numerous venues in the United Kingdom and in New York, and has been heard on radio stations including KUHF Houston Public Radio and Classic FM. Recent projects include a recital of the complete violin sonatas of Eugene Ysaÿe, and a lecture-recital on Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin. As a chamber musician, Eric has performed at the Three Cities Chamber Music Marathon at the Kennedy Center and the Cali de Camara festival in Colombia. He also performs regularly with the Ritter Piano Trio, a collaboration which began at Rice University as a student ensemble. During his time in Houston, Eric frequently performed with the Houston Symphony as a substitute, and has toured with the orchestra in New York and Moscow.
Eric has attended the Meadowmount School of Music, the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, where he served as concertmaster for two consecutive years. An avid pedagogue, Eric earned his Suzuki Teaching Certification (books 1-8) at the School for Strings in New York, and served as Sally Thomas’s teaching assistant at the Meadowmount School of Music for five years. He has taught masterclasses at the Antonio Maria Valencia conservatory in Colombia.