Eric Zheng hails from Tucson, Arizona and received a BA in Economics and a BM in Saxophone Performance from Northwestern University studying under Professor Taimur Sullivan. He made his solo debut with the Tucson Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at age 16 and has received numerous awards since. He was a 2019 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition Winner, recipient of the 2019 Evanston/North Shore Music Club Scholarship, 2nd place recipient of the 2018 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, and the runner-up in the 2018 Northwestern University Aria/Concerto Competition Wind Ensemble Division. He has had the privilege of performing with Northwestern University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in masterclasses for renowned artists such as Clifford Leaman, Lars Mlekusch, a, Jérôme Laran, and Zach Shemon. In the summer of 2018 Eric performed internationally at the Cortona Saxophone Sessions in Cortona, Italy and at the 18th World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.
Regarding chamber music, he was the alto chair of the Zula quartet, which was selected to compete in the semi-finals of the NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance) Quartet Competition in March 2018 and also performed Baldwin Giang’s quartet breathe, break, blow at NUNC!3 (Northwestern University New Music Conference) in 2018. He has also performed with the Northwestern University Saxophone Ensemble, which played Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint at the NASA 2018 conference. He will be headed to Michigan State University to pursue his Masters studying under Joseph Lulloff.