Eric

Iwanaga

violin, and beginning piano

Born and raised in Hawaii, Eric picked up the violin at the age of twelve. Eric joined his intermediate school orchestra and quickly became immersed with the instrument and for the next nine years, continued to make leaps and bounds of improvement. Upon starting his freshman year, he earned himself a spot in the Moanalua High School Symphony Orchestra – one of the most prestigious high school music ensembles in the state, known for three tours to Carnegie Hall.  During this time, Eric also participated in the Hawaii Youth Symphony under the baton of former Royal Hawaiian Band director Michael Nakasone and also under the baton of Maestro Henry Miyamura.  In his junior year of high school, Eric played in the University of Hawaii orchestra, as well as two other community ensembles.  In the summer of 2012, he auditioned for the Ohana Arts production of “Oliver!” as a pit orchestra violinist. For the production, he played a solo for the song “Reviewing the Situation”.Eric currently plays in the Hawaii Pacific University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dr. Teresa McCreary. The HPU Orchestra has had the privilege to tour with award-winning slack-key guitar artist Makana – first debuting at Hawaii Theatre in 2013, and then on Maui a year later. On both occasions, Eric had the honor of playing a solo with Makana in one of his songs. Outside of orchestra business, Eric plays gigs for various college functinos and Honolulu events.Eric views music as an ongoing journey and still studies with professional violinists from Hawaii’s very own Honolulu Symphony.