Eric Timperman has been a member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra bass section since 2019. He completed graduate studies in music at Yale University as a student of Don Palma, and also holds undergraduate degrees in Music and Psychology from Indiana University, where he studied with Bruce Bransby. Eric was previously Assistant Principal Bass of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in Indiana, and has performed as a guest musician with numerous ensembles including the Des Moines Metro Opera, New Haven Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, and A Far Cry- a Grammy-nominated, conductor-less string orchestra based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Festival appearances include fellowships at the Aspen and Texas Music Festivals, as well as playing Assistant Principal Bass with the Britten-Pears Orchestra as part of the Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk, United Kingdom. He is also a published psychological researcher, with work featured in the popular performance psychology blog, Bulletproof Musician. An enthusiastic educator, he has worked with many young students as a teaching artist for both Yale’s Music in Schools initiative as well as the WSO Sistema Program.
What is your education and experience?
Indiana University, Bachelor of Arts with Honours and Bachelor of Music with Honours Yale University, Master of Music Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Member since 2019 Guest artist with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
What made you decide to study music?
I joined my middle school’s string orchestra in grade 6 as a way to meet people in a new school and quickly fell in love with the bowed string instrument sound, the bass in particular after hearing recordings by Edgar Meyer and Jeff Bradetich.
How are your lessons unique?
My aim is for my students to love music as much as I do- I work to find an approach and repertoire that is most compelling for each individual student.
What’s your favourite part about teaching?
Feeling as though I am paying forward all of the excellent teaching and support that I had as a student.
What would you say to someone who is interested in studying music?
Find some music that you find compelling to listen to and learn how to play it!
Tell us about one of your fondest musical memories
My high school had an incredible orchestra teacher that started his own bluegrass string orchestra as an after school program- In our end of year concert, I got to play guitar on Big Sciota alongside some prominent bluegrass performers, and I’ve wanted to be a professional musician ever since.