Eric Mazonson, Accompanist
Eric Mazonson received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Boston University, where he studied piano with Anthony di Bonaventura. His chamber music coaches included Walter Trampler, Robert Marcellus, Leslie Parnas, Ralph Gomberg and Eugene Lehner. From 1979 to 1982, he was a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, where he performed with the concert band and founded a piano-woodwind sextet, the Olympus Chamber Players, which toured throughout the Northeast. His extensive repertoire has been heard in many solo, chamber music and vocal recitals in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has appeared as soloist with a number of orchestras, performing Mozart’s Concerto in B-flat, K. 595 and Haydn’s Concerto in D Major with the South County Chamber Orchestra in Rhode Island, Gershwin’s Concerto in F and Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in D Minor with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra, and two pieces by Mendelssohn with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra in Wilson, SC, among other solo engagements.
Eric has been a faculty member at Bradford College, the University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, Providence College and Moses Brown School. While accompanying the choirs at the University of Rhode Island, he accompanied the Concert Choir in a performance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, playing the same instrument from which Händel first directed Messiah. He was a coach with the Crittenden Opera Studio Workshops in Boston and Washington, D.C. for over twenty years, and served this past summer on the faculty of the Aquilon Music Festival in Oregon, which presented concerts to benefit Ukrainian relief organizations and premiered the dystopian opera Ourland by composer Paul Davies and librettist Daniel Helfgot. He currently accompanies middle and high school choruses in the Duxbury and Stoughton public school systems, and is music director of Calvary United Methodist Church in Middletown, RI. He recently joined the Fall River Symphony as its orchestral pianist.
Photo: Edward J. Hynes, 2017