Eric Salazar began his musical studies on the clarinet at age 7 with Frantz Mathurin, switching to violin 8 years later. Mr. Salazar believes in teaching violin and viola from the heart and developing the student’s technique and artistry in a positive manner. He has extensive experience in Suzuki and Traditional teaching methods in violin, viola and improvisational techniques. Mr. Salazar holds degrees in Architecture from USMA, Music Education from Universidad Nacional de Panama, Violin Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and Berklee School of Music. Violin studies with Matthew Reichert, Beverly Somach, Kenneth Sarch, John Blake, Rob Thomas, Sanford Allen, and Jane Peters, Christophe Pioget. Private studies with Erick Friedmann, Regina Carter, Julie Lyon Lieberman and Nina Beilina. Masterclasses with Ilya Grubert, Carmit Zori, Lisa Kim, Luis Haza. Mr. Salazar pursues an active performing career in orchestral, solo, chamber music, classical, world music, Latin/ jazz, and music administration capacities and has performed at the Kaplan Penthouse and Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruise ships and functions throughout New York and in such places as Columbia, Panama, France, Spain, Kenya, Singapore, Hawaii, Canada and throughout the United States. Performances with Summit Symphony(as violist), Garden State Philharmonic, Pan-American Symphony, St. Greg’s chamber orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Panama, SGI East Region Symphony Orchestra, Leon Lacey Inner Voice Orchestrated Inspirational Gospel Ensemble, Buster Williams, Ray Delgado’s Salsa Project, Orquesta Tipica Novel( Cuban ), Tor Snyder’s Irrepressible Spirit and Jason Hwang’s Strenuous River Improvising Orchestra. Lectures/ performances at Ethnoise workshop at Chicago University, Shawnee State University, NY Vision festival and United Nations. Mr. Salazar also serve as a coach and musician for NYC Children’s Theatre Company. Recent performances at Jazz @ Lincoln Center with Gospel Diva Kim Burrell, and has performed for Hezekiah Walker and T.D Jakes. In December 2009 Mr. Salazar made his singing debut as the “dragon” in John Rutter’s The Reluctant Dragon in New York. He performs with his groups Quartet 507 and Tambo Jazz Quintet. He also teaches at Queensboro Community College Outreach programs and at P.S. 140 The Duke Ellington School through a non for profit organization that brings performers into the classroom to children who otherwise doesn’t have access to music.