Eric Mrugala enjoys a diverse career in music. The Chicago-born Polish American violinist was introduced to the violin at the age of 3.
Mrugala has made appearances with the Boston Conservatory’s Composer’s Orchestra, Hemenway Strings, String Ensemble, Boston Conservatory Orchestra, New Music Festival, and Sinfionetta. Mrugala made his debut as concertmaster for The Boston Conservatory Orchestra’s performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade, and collaborated with guest artists such as David Kim, Louis Andriessen, and Claire Chase. In addition, he has performed in violin masterclasses for Kathryn Lucktenberg, Sergej Bolkhovets, and Andrés Cárdenes. Recently, he's been featured as concertmaster of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Symphony Orchestra, and Opus 1 ensemble.
Eric has made solo violin appearances in Boston, Chicago, Burlington, and Interlochen. He is also an active orchestral and chamber musician having performed with groups such as the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Indian Hill Orchestra and has made appearances in Boston Symphony Hall, Sanders Theater, Kresge Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, Royal Concertgebouw Hall, De Doulen Hall, Smetana Hall, and Dvorak Hall. Eric was a participant of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He currently performs in the Cape Ann Symphony as a section violinist and enjoys recording for various composers in New England.
Recent engagements include Boston Opera Collaborative's performance of Puccini's La Rondine with Glenside Quartet. Hailed by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, the quartet "conveyed a satisfying simulacrum of Puccini's colors and exotic effects." In addition, Eric performed Lowell House Opera's production of Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos as guest concertmaster.
He received his undergraduate degree in violin performance at The Boston Conservatory under the mentorship of Rictor Noren. He is currently a student of Elizabeth Chang at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Graduate Quartet Fellowship.
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