Erik Berg, Associate Principal Second Violin
Eva Sugden Gomez Chair
Erik Berg started playing the violin at age 9 after several years of piano. His parents quickly realized he needed private instruction, so he studied throughout grade school with Jan Turkiewicz, a Julliard School graduate and NASA engineer.
At New England Conservatory, studying with Eric Rosenblith, he completed his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees with academic honors.
Erik joined the Naples Philharmonic in 1990 as a section violinist and earned the associate principal second violin position several years later.
He spent three summers as artist faculty at the New England Music Camp. Currently, Erik enjoys teaching a full studio of students, from 6-year-olds to retired adults. He spends his free time with his wife, Natalie, and two children, Elizabeth and Jonah.
I grew up in Maryland and earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Boston, at the New England Conservatory. I joined the Naples Philharmonic in the fall of 1990.
What has been your most memorable moment with the orchestra?
It would have to be the funniest, which was when the famous pianist John Browning’s dog barked at me on stage during Browning’s sensitive execution of his cadenza during our dress rehearsal! Our conductor, Christopher Seaman, nearly fell off the podium laughing.
What inspired you to become a musician?
My experiences with violin study and performance got me hooked! There’s nothing like working at something you really love to do.
What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
I love having the opportunity to work with extremely talented and hard-working colleagues to create such beautiful music!
What’s challenging about playing your instrument?
It is most important to have the discipline of a daily routine to keep yourself in top physical playing condition.
Are there other musicians in your immediate family?
My wife, Natalie, is a professional trumpet player, and both of our children are accomplished pianists.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Our family likes to hike, play tennis and ride our road bikes around Naples.