Eric KM Clark is an accomplished violinist, composer, and educator based in Los Angeles. He is actively involved in performing, teaching, and curating concerts in the greater Los Angeles area. Eric is a co-founder and co-director of the nonprofit organization Southland Ensemble, which focuses on presenting new and experimental concerts. He is passionate about music and shares his expertise through teaching in his private music studio.
Eric holds an MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts and a BMus degree from the University of Victoria. He has extensive experience presenting masterclasses, workshops on violin technique, lectures, and new music readings at various universities and colleges across North America. Some of the institutions where he has shared his knowledge include the University of Redlands, Chapman University, UCLA, UCSB, UCR, and Stanford. His private students have been accepted to many universities in music, including USC, UCSD, CSULB, and Vassar College. Before his current endeavors, Eric served as a faculty member at the Kadima Conservatory of Music for 13 years, where he held the position of Strings Director and First Violinist in its resident string quartet. He was also a member of The California E.A.R. Unit, a renowned ensemble known for pushing boundaries and exploring new musical territories, from 2006 to 2012.
In addition to his musical pursuits, Eric has made contributions to the Los Angeles arts scene in other ways. In 2008, he co-founded the wulf., an experimental performance venue located in downtown Los Angeles., serving as co-director until 2013 and presenting the work of over 250 artists. The wulf. provided free experimental concerts and artistic events to the public and played a significant role in fostering creativity and exploration in the local arts community.
Throughout his career, Eric KM Clark has collaborated with numerous innovative artists and ensembles, including Sarah Davachi, OCS, Carolyn Chen, David Rosenboom, Mikal Cronin, Object Collection, Jürg Frey, Michael Gordon, Richard Foreman, and Guy Maddin. His musical works, both as a performer and composer, have been featured on various record labels. His compositions have been recognized for their unique and divergent qualities, described as "an exhilarating and occasionally confounding exercise in divergence, confluence, and middle-finger merriment" (Signal to Noise No. 59).