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Eric Dochinger

Eric Dochinger, cello, received his B.M. degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Richard Kapuscinski. Dochinger has traveled the world, performing over the years with large and small ensembles. He has also attended a number of summer festivals and has played in a number of orchestras over the course of his career.

Dochinger lives in Fort Myers with his wife and twin girls. He has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1992.

Eric Dochinger is underwritten by William & Lynda Steere.

Name: Eric Dochinger

Instrument: Cello

Hometown: Delaware, OH

At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 10

Who have been your greatest musical influences? Richard Kapacinski, Rush and Pink Floyd.

Who are your favorite composers? Only Mahler.

What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? Orthodontist.

What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Everything except rap and country music. Example: jazz, fusion, blues, classical, alternative, punk, rock and hair bands.

Your hobbies and interests: Biking, wine collecting (consuming), gardening and cooking.

Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I fathered twin girls.

Funniest concert moment: Taking the batteries out of "Grunt" (the Philharmonic mascot).

Daily practice rituals: None. I do not have time to practice rituals. I just practice!

Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: Working with my colleagues in the cello section.

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