Native to southern California and dual citizen of France, Erik Rynearson has enjoyed performing across the Americas and Europe. After earning a Master’s degree from Indiana University as the teaching assistant of Alan deVeritch, he spent four years in Miami Beach as a fellow of the New World Symphony. In his 13 years of professional orchestral playing, Erik has performed with the Charleston and Kansas City symphonies as well as serving as first-call substitute in the Phoenix and Detroit symphonies. Currently, he is first-call substitute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and principal viola of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Santa Barbara Symphony.
He is a founding member of the Firebird Orchestra in Miami, plays in IRIS Orchestra of Memphis, Tennessee, and is currently a member of the Long Beach and New West symphonies. When not wielding his 1970 Alfio Batelli viola made for Jan Hlinka, Erik professionally captures life one frame at a time through his Nikon cameras.
Erik is fascinated with all things outside of our planet: he has witnessed numerous shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center and most recently filmed the annular eclipse and Venus transit of the sun with his telescopes. He enjoys backpacking and gardening, and delights in every dog he encounters.