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Eric Wong

Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Eric Wong is currently the violist of the Linden String Quartet, the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music, mentored by the Tokyo String Quartet. Eric graduated with a Bachelors and Masters of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying violin with Paul Kantor and viola with Lynne Ramsey of the Cleveland Orchestra. In addition to his primary instructors, he has studied privately with Kirsten Docter, Kevork Mardirossian, and David Updegraff. As a chamber musician, Eric has played in numerous ensembles around the country. He has participated in Itzhak Perlman's Chamber Music Workshop and the 52nd Annual International Chamber Music Festival in Weikersheim, Germany. He has performed in chamber music recitals sponsored by the Aspen Institute, SWR Radio (Germany), WVIZ (Cleveland?s public broadcasting station), the Cleveland Chamber Music Society, and the Cleveland Chamber Music Guild. He has collaborated with Mr. Perlman, members of the Cleveland Quartet, with Ms. Docter and Merry Peckham of the Cavani Quartet, and also with Secretary of State and pianist Condoleezza Rice. Notable coaches and mentors include Peter Salaff and the Cavani and Miró Quartets. Eric won first prize in the 48th Annual Lima Symphony Young Artists? Competition, the 2007 Ohio Viola Society competition, and the 2006 Louisiana String Teachers? Association solo competition. He was also third-prize winner of CIM's 2008 Milhaud Competition and won CIM's concerto competition with Bartók?s Second Violin Concerto in 2007. As guest solo artist, he has performed with the CIM Orchestra and the Acadiana and Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestras. He is the Principal Violist with CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra