Mr Eric Lamb

Konzertexamen, Diplom (Musikhochschule Frankfurt), BMus (Oberlin)


Flutist Eric Lamb is in demand internationally as a soloist, recitalist, concert curator and chamber musician. In 2013, Eric left his post as a core member of the International Contemporary Ensemble- ICE to pursue a career as soloist and chamber musician.  Eric is a member of the Sydney Omega Ensemble, Katapult Trio, performs regularly with Orchester Wiener Akademie, is principal flutist of the Chineke! Orchestra London (Associate Orchestra of the Southbank Centre) and co-artistic director of Ensemble Paladino. This season, he will also perform several times as principal flutist of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra in Finland.

In the last decade, Eric has premiered more than 200 works and has worked closely with composers John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, George Lewis, Marc-Andres Dalbavie, HK Gruber, Matthias Pintscher, Reinbert de Leeuw, Michel van der Aa, Nico Muhly, Ben Foskett and conductors like Sakari Oramo, Franz Welser-Möst, Vladamir Ashkenazy, Ludovic Morlot, Pablo Heras-Casado, Steve Schick, Susanna Mälkki and Pierre Laurent-Aimard.

As a recording artist, his discography as a soloist and chamber musician is ever growing. He has recorded over 15 commercial available CD's for various labels including Kairos, paladino, SONY, NMC, mode, New Amsterdam, NAXOS,  Bridge, Starkland and Nonesuch. This repertoire expands one of the widest of his generation - from Bach, Mozart and Schubert to Xenakis, Jason Eckhardt and Passion Pit.  

Eric has performed with a long list of the world's most important orchestras and ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Orchestra, ASKO Schoenberg Ensemble, Radio Orchestra Frankfurt and has been invited to perform at festivals in Darmstadt, Graz, Salzburg, Lockenhaus, Acht Brücken in Cologne, Mostly Mozart Festival, Heidelberg Spring Music Festival and the Bucharest Festival for New Music, to name but a few. His chamber music partners include some of Europe's most celebrated vocalists, instrumentalists and artists. Among many other projects, Eric has worked in close collaboration with the Stockhausen Stiftung and the Theater Basel to re-create the role of Luzifer in Stockhausen's opera 'Donnerstag aus Licht'.

Eric Lamb's research includes a very broad sweep of musical styles. Along with his on-going commitment to expanding the 21st century flute repertoire, he most recently has been deeply involved with the study and exploration of 17th and 18th century performance practice. This work has culminated, so far, in the discovery and editing of several long lost concerti, etudes, solo pieces and sonatas. His recent research output includes editions of solo works of Johann Joachim Quantz, Johann George Tromlitz, Johann Martin Blochwitz, Michel Blavet and arrangements of JS Bach and Mozart for flute and cello, all published for paladino music.  His critically acclaimed debut solo CD 'Quantz: Solo Flute Music' features the premier recording of Quantz's 8 caprices. 

Lamb continues to be a much sought-after pedagogue and is regularly invited to present workshops, master classes and lectures throughout Europe and the US. He has been artist in residence at the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique et Danse La Rochelle and has given master classes at Hochschule for Musik Hannover, Eastern Michigan University, Smith College, the University of Virginia, the University of Auckland NZ, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Waikato, Bowling Green University, University of South Carolina, Academie für Musik Wiesbaden and Northwestern University.

Early on in his career, Eric Lamb was a recipient of the Millennium Young Artists' Award from the James Tatum Foundation of the Arts, the National John Philip Sousa Award and the Dean's Talent Scholarship from Oberlin College. He was a finalist at the International Music Competition "Pacem in Terris" (Bayreuth, Germany) and won first prize in the Polytechnische Gesellschaft Chamber Music Competition, first prize in the Lenzewski Music Competition followed later that year with first prize in the German Academic Exchange Performing Arts Competition (DAAD). 

Eric began his musical studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he was a student of the great French flutist Michel Debost and studied chamber music with Kathleen Chastain. He then continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt am Main with Thaddeus Watson (Diploma and Concert Soloist Diploma) and later at the Sculoa di Musica di Fiesole, Italy (Diploma) with Chiara Tonelli . Eric studies baroque flute with Sally Tibbles and performed in masterclasses with James Galway, Robert Langevin (New York) and Viçens Prats (Paris) and was heavily influenced by Irena Grafenauer. 

Eric performs on both Sankyo Flute made of Grenadilla Wood and an Altus Limited Silver Flute. He also performs regularly on a 4-keyed traverso made after A. Grenser and a one-keyed flute made after Rottenburgh, both by Tutz of Innsbruck.

Areas of expertise

Flute Performance and Technique

20th and 21st Century Flute Repertoire

Contemporary Music Performance Practice

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Lamb, E., Rummel, M., & Hinterhuber, C. Chamber Music Recital, 23/9/2016. [Performance], Chamber Music Recital, Kultursaal, Lafnitz, Austria. Commissioning body: Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin Rummel
  • Lamb Chineke! Orchestra. Solo Flutist. Works of Sibelius, Saint-Georges de Chevalier, Haydn and Dvorak, 4/9/2016. [Live Performance], (2 hours), Live Performance, Royal Festival Hall. Commissioning body: Southbank Centre, London Related URL.
  • Lamb, E., & Angel, T. [Role of] Lucifer in Karlheinz Stockhause: Donnerstag aus Licht, 25/6/2016. [Opera], (6 hours), Swiss Premiere: Donnerstag aus Licht (Thursday from Light), Theater Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Commissioning body: Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung & Kunststiftung NRW
  • Lamb, E. Quantz: Solo Flute Music, 1/1/2015. [Compact Disc], (1 hour 13 minutes), Recording, Commissioning body: Paladino Music

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 606
New Zealand

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