Eric Olson, oboe
Eric Olson is principal oboist with the Jacksonville Symphony, a position he has held since 1986. Originally from Pennington, New Jersey, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University, where he studied with Ray Still. He also studied with Louis Rosenblatt in Philadelphia.
Eric served as guest principal oboist with the Baltimore Symphony for five weeks in 2002, including a two week tour of Japan. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the orchestra of the Colorado Music Festival, and several times with the Jacksonville Symphony, including the world premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Voices of Moonlight for Oboe and Orchestra. He has participated in the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Marlboro Music Festivals, including a tour with Musicians from Marlboro performing the Mozart Oboe Quartet. Eric served as principal oboist and faculty member at the Eastern Music Festival from 2000-2005, and currently is the principal oboist of Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin, a position he has held since 2007.
In 2008 he and his wife, violist Ellen Caruso Olson formed the San Marco Chamber Music Society, www.sanmarcochambermusic.org, presenting free concerts in Jacksonville, FL. Together, Erick and Ellen have held concerts to benefit diabetes research for several years, and have raised more than $10,000 for that cause.
Some of Eric's performances can be heard at www.instantencore.com .