Eric L. Thompson, III received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2007 where he held the Robert Ehrman Fellowship. There he studied with Grammy Award Winning and MacArthur "Genius" Edgar Meyer and Harold Robinson, principal bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Prior to entering Curtis, Eric studied with Ralph Jones, principal bass of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under an Azira G. Hill TDP Scholarship.
Thompson has appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra twice-most recently performing Bruch Kol Nidrei on the double bass with Music Director Robert Spano. Other solo highlights include a LIVE television performance on Good Day Atlanta (WAGA Fox 5) in 2006, the Dittersdorf Concerto with the Sphinx Symphony under Leslie Dunner, and the Koussevitzky Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Mikelthwate in 2002.
Eric is the recipient of many awards-he is the first bassist to become a laureate of the Sphinx Competition, he was awarded second place in the ASTA National Solo Competition, and in 2002 he was awarded a musicians union scholarship from the American Federation of Musicians and the rank of Eagle Scout by the National Eagle Scout Association of Boy Scouts of America.
As a participant of various music festivals, Eric has been a member of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, principal bass of the National Orchestral Institute, and has held the Jan Brett and Joe Hearne Fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center where he was co-principal bass.
Mr. Thompson served a two year appointment with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as acting section bass and continues to perform all of the classics concerts with the CSO. In addition, he regularly substitutes with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Outside of the world of music, Eric enjoys following global financial markets and trends in marketing and technology. He proudly lives in the university area with his wife Michelle.