Jean-Eric Soucy is principal violist with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden-Freiburg(SWR) and has a well established reputation in Europe and North America as a soloist and chamber musician. He tours the world and makes recordings for Sony Classical, Hänssler, Arte Nova, Antes and EMI. He has completed solo recordings of Berlioz, Bach, Stamitz, Mozart, Benda, Vaughan Williams, Hummel and Bartok with the SWR, the Radio Canada Chamber Orchestra, l’Orchestre Royal de chambre de Wallonie, l’orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Melbourne Musicians and Les Violons du Roy. He has been heard on the principal european and north american radio stations.
A native of Québec, Eric Soucy earned his “Premier Prix” in viola and chamber music at Le Conservatoire de Musique du Québec. He then moved to Vienna to study with Hatto Beyerle at the Hochschule für Musik with a prestigious scholarship from the Austrian government. Soon after, he won a top prize at the Lionel Tertis Viola Competition in England. Eric was a semi-finalist at the Maurice Vieux Competition and at the Naumburg Competition where he earned special praise from the American critic Jacqueline Jones, of The String Magazine:”…one of the favourites because of his sweeping phrases and rather dusky, plaintive sound…”.
Before joining the SWR, Mr. Soucy was assistant principal violist with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and principal with L’Orchestre Mondial des Jeunesses Musicales, the Canadian Chamber Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony and Les Violons Du Roy that he co-founded with Bernard Labadie. He served as guest principal violist in Bamberg Philharmonic, NDR Hanover, HR Frankfurt, Basel Symphony and the opera orchestra in Zürich.
Eric is an exceptionally fine teacher. He has taught in summer academies in Bruges, Belgium, at Le Domaine Forget in Québec, in Feldkirch, Austria, at the SOAP in British Columbia and has held teaching positions at Le Conservatoire du Québec (1987-1991) and at the University of Karlsruhe (1997-2003). He has organized many international viola symposiums in Québec and in Austria. He has also given master classes in Canada, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Brazil and Australia.
He plays an instrument made by the master violin maker Stefan Hodapp (Offenburg 1998).