Eric Millstein is a percussionist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and he frequently performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Eric was principal percussionist and assistant principal timpanist of the Grant Park Music Festival from 2002-2019.
A faculty member of the DePaul University School of Music since 2004, Eric joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2014. He presented a clinic at the 2021 Percussive Arts Society International Convention and has given classes at a variety of schools and festivals, including Tanglewood Music Center, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the New World Symphony.
In 2020 Eric's first book, The Little Book of Orchestral Percussion, was published by Pocket Publications. It is a guide to the interpretation and performance of orchestral percussion parts.
Eric received a Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Tufts University. He earned a Master of Music degree from Temple University and subsequently completed his education as a member of the New World Symphony. Eric's principal percussion teachers were Nora Davenport, Will Hudgins, and Alan Abel.
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