Dr. Eric Stomberg

Professor, Bassoon
Associate Dean for Performance Activities
Primary office:
785-864-9717
224 Murphy Hall

D.M.A. Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music; M.M. Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music; B.M. University of Kansas

ERIC STOMBERG enjoys a wide-ranging musical career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and artist-teacher. He plays with “elegance and refinement” while displaying “impeccable tone and technique” (American Record Guide). Stomberg maintains an active teaching schedule with positions as Professor of Bassoon at the University of Kansas, Instructor of Bassoon at the Interlochen Arts Academy, and as woodwind faculty for the Filarmónica Joven De Colombia. Last summer, Stomberg was invited to join the bassoon faculty at the Sarasota Music Festival. He has held orchestral positions over the past fifteen years as a member of City Music Cleveland, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, Stomberg most recently joined the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia for a performance of Rossini’s Concerto for Bassoon. Stomberg’s most recent CD release (Naxos), has been met with critical acclaim by Fanfare Magazine: “the disc’s highlight is bassoonist Eric Stomberg’s remarkably characterful traversal of [Jennifer] Higdon’s Dark Wood – witty, volatile and arresting.” He can also be heard on the Azica, Novona, Summit and Telarc record labels.

Stomberg has given master classes at numerous institutions, including the Bard College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, Rice University and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he also served as visiting professor in 2010. He teaches at the Interlochen Arts Camp, where he also serves as Associate Director of Music. Stomberg is also active in professional societies serving as First Vice President for the International Double Reed Society and as the past President of the Midwest Double Reed Society. 

Selected Reviews

American Record Guide
July/August 2009
Victor Bruns: Music for Bassoon (Eric Stomberg and Friends)
Azica Records ACD-71245

"Eric Stomberg, professor of bassoon at the University of Kansas, has arrived on the scene, and dare I say it's about time. Eric is a fantastic bassoonist... He is accompanied by friends and colleagues Barrick Stees and Jonathan Sherwin of the Cleveland Orchestra, George Sakakeeny of the Oberlin Conservatory and Robert Koenig of UC Santa Barbara."

"Stomberg and friends perform with elegance, refinement and the understanding of wry humor that I think is essential to the bassoonist's temperment. Individually they have impeccable tone and technique, but together they are like one mind-balanced and blended to perfection."

"I recommend this recording, especially if you want to hear great American bassoon playing."

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