Mr Eric Renick - Percussion
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Percussionist since 2010, Eric Renick began his musical studies at the age of 12. Originally from Indiana in the USA, he received his Bachelor’s degree from Butler University, where he studied with Jon Crabiel. While at Butler, Eric also won first prize in the University’s Concerto Competition.
He gained a Master’s degree and artist certificate from Chicago’s Roosevelt and DePaul universities under the guidance of Ed Harrison, Eric Milstein and Ted Atkatz. While in Chicago he co-founded the Chicago Arts Orchestra where he currently still serves on the Artistic Advisory committee. He also performed with the Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony’s MusicNow Series, the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
In 2007 Eric was awarded a Fellowship with the New World Symphony (NWS), where he performed under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas, Itzhak Perlman, Osmo Vänskä, Marin Alsop, Donald Runnicles, John Adams and Vladimir Ashkenazy, among others; Also performing in NWS’s Percussion Consort and participating in digital media collaborations. Eric has also performed with the San Francisco, St. Louis, Kansas City, and New Zealand symphonies; Hong Kong Philharmonic and Malaysian Philharmonic; and Grant Park, Breckenridge and Spoleto (USA) festival orchestras.
Eric Renick is a regular collaborator with cross-genre musicians as well as film scoring and presenting concert performances with digital/electronic elements. He also performs in the Antipodes Percussion Project, an ensemble focused on using percussion chamber music to educate young musicians.
In 2017 he performed the Southern Hemisphere premiere of Rautavaara’s Incantations, a concerto for percussion and Orchestra and in 2018 performed Michael Torke’s Mojave (a marimba concerto) on a tour to China with the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra. Eric has presented master classes and coachings across the USA, China, Australia and New Zealand. He is an artist teacher at the University of Auckland, Director of the Auckland Percussion Experience, a member of the TAPS faculty, and is endorsed by Zildjian.