Erik Harris


Adjunct Professor of Bass

Born in New York City and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Erik Harris began his musical studies on guitar at age 5 and switched to double bass at age 13. Erik attended the Juilliard School on a full scholarship, where he studied with noted double bass pedagogue Homer Mensch. While at Juilliard he won the double bass concerto competition and performed as soloist with the Juilliard Symphony. He went on to receive both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Juilliard, and, in 2005, was recognized as one their 100 most notable alumni in honor of the school's 100th anniversary. Upon graduation, Erik served as Principal Bass with the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida during its inaugural season in 1988. The following year, at age 23, he was invited by Sir Georg Solti to join the Chicago Symphony. In 1993, Erik was appointed Principal Double Bass of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Since coming to St. Louis, he has performed in chamber music concerts at Sheldon Hall, the Innsbrook Institute and at the Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs, Co. In 2011, he performed as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony, Nicholas McGegen conducting. An avid teacher, Erik has taught master classes at the Manhattan School of Music, New World Symphony and the Juilliard School and has taught at Webster University since 2010.