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Eric N. PritchardEric N. Pritchard

Title: Professor of the Practice
Office Location: 084 Mary Duke Biddle, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-3325
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Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 and by appointment


  • M.Mus. The Juilliard School, 1985
  • B.Mus. Indiana University at Bloomington, 1983
  • The Yellow Barn Music Festival , 1981
  • Meadowmount School of Music (Studies with Ivan Galamain), 1980
  • New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division (Studies with Eric Rosenblith and Benjamin Zander, Senior Certificate), 1979
  • The Yellow Barn Music Festival , 1979
  • The Quartet Program (Studies with Charles Castleman), 1978

Research Interests

As First Violinist of the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University, Eric Pritchard performs regularly throughout the U.S. and abroad and can be heard on many commercial recordings. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Boston Pops, Orchestra of New England and Indianapolis Philharmonic. Festival appearances include Mostly Mozart, Norfolk, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Monadnock Music, Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and the Castle Hill Festival. Pritchard was the First Prize Winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Award in Violin, the Coleman and Fischoff national chamber music competitions, and the London International String Quartet Competition. Formerly First Violinist of the Alexander and Oxford Quartets. Studies with Josef Gingold, Ivan Galamian, Isadore Tinkleman and Eric Rosenblith. Current research is focused on incorporating Alexander Technique into violin performance and teaching.


Violin performance, Chamber music, Alexander Technique, Baroque performance practice

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • London International String Quartet Competion - First Prize, 0 1985
  • National Federation of Music Clubs Award in Violin, 0 1983
  • Coleman Chamber Music Competion - First Prize, 0 1980
  • Fischoff Chamber Music Competition - First Prize, 0 1980

Teaching (Fall 2023):

  • Music 116.01, Alexander technique Synopsis
    Biddle 104, W 04:40 PM-05:55 PM

Recent Professional Work:


  • Ciompi Quartet. String Quartet in B-Flat Major by Heinrich Ernst. 2013 .
  • Ciompi Quartet. "Ictus" String Quartet by David Lipten. 2012 .
  • Ciompi Quartet. String Quartet "Journey to the West" by Chiayu Hsu. 2011 .
  • Bill Robinson, Eric Pritchard, Randall Love. Ananda Dances - Music for Violin by Bill Robinson. 2010 .
  • E.N. Pritchard. "Ananda Dances" Music for Violin and Piano by Bill Robinson. 2009 .


  • Ananda, 2007/06/01
    with Eric N. Pritchard
  • Moving Forward, 2005/01/01
    with Eric N. Pritchard

   Master Classes:
  • Eric Pritchard: Works Premiered, 1999-2012, 2012/01/01
    with Eric N. Pritchard
  • Eric Pritchard: Solo Performances, 2007, 2007/01/01
    with Eric N. Pritchard
  • Funk Shui Suite for Two Violins by Peter Alexander, 2005/01/01
    with Eric N. Pritchard

   Other Activities:
  • Eric Pritchard: Solo Performances, 1995, 1995/01/01
    with Eric N. Pritchard

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