Erik Berg, associate principal second violin, received his B.M. and M.M. degrees, with academic honors, from the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Berg’s previous orchestral engagements include the Penn's Woods Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute and the principal second violin position as well as solo appearances with the Huntington Chamber Orchestra in Boston. His love of chamber music brought him to Vermont for four summer seasons with the Yellow Barn chamber music festival.
As a teaches, Berg was on the faculty of the New England Music Camp in Oakland, Maine, for several summers. He currently maintains a private violin studio in Naples with students of all ages. He spends his free time with his wife, Natalie, and two children, Elizabeth and Jonah. Berg has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1990.
Erik Berg is underwritten by Eva Sugden Gomez.
Name: Erik Berg
Hometown: College Park, MD
Who has been your greatest musical influence? My college violin teacher, Eric Rosenblith.
Who are your favorite composers? Beethoven, Brahms.
What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? Science or math.
What’s currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Usually jazz or classics.
Your hobbies and interests: Bowling, baking, biking.
Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: My highest season bowling average was 203.
Funniest concert moment: Derek & Jerek.
Daily practice rituals: Scales, scales, scales.
The question you’re asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): “So what do you do to make a living?” My answer: “Play the violin.”
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: I can have a job doing something that is so enjoyable and fun.