Eric Zheng hails from Tucson, Arizona but is an avid lover of scarves, so he has no choice but to keep coming back to the frigid winters of the Midwest. There, he studied at Northwestern University under Professor Taimur Sullivan and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Saxophone Performance at Michigan State University under Professor Joseph Lulloff.
He made his solo debut with the Tucson Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at age 16 and has gone on to receive notable awards for his solo work. Most recently, he was selected as a 2019 Yamaha Young Performing Artist and a 2019 Evanston/North Shore Music Club Scholarship winner. Additional accolades include 2nd place in the 2018 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, and the runner-up in the 2018 Northwestern University Aria/Concerto Competition Wind Ensemble Division.
When not following the #2nd place trend, he has had the privilege of performing with Northwestern University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2018, Eric performed internationally at the 18th World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.
Regarding chamber music and new music, he was the alto chair of the Zula quartet, which was selected to compete in the semi-finals of the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition and performed at NUNC!3 (Northwestern University New Music Conference) in 2018. As part of helping out ~Nois, he hopes to continue his advocacy for the development of new literature and musical innovation for the saxophone.
When not playing the saxophone, Eric can be found volunteer teaching at a local music non-profit, engaging with the Asian-American community, or channeling his inner Jeremy Lin on a nearby basketball court.