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Violinist Eric Bate is an active performer throughout the Midwest. He is a tenured member of Orchestra Iowa and a substitute violinist for the Minnesota Orchestra. Mr. Bate has studied violin performance at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee under a full music scholarship from the Madison Music Clinic, and later at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities under the tutelage of Professor Sally O’Reilly. Additional studies include violin pedagogy training under the guidance of Mark Bjork and Sally O’Reilly at the U of M - Twin Cities.

Throughout his career, Mr. Bate has had the honor of playing in concert with some of the top names in the classical music world, such as Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax, Lynn Harrell, and Thomas Trotter. Past performances include Flip Theatre’s debut production of Jason Robert Brown’s
The Last Five Years and Mu Performing Arts’ critically acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Eric Bate plays on a beautiful Amedee Dieudonne violin.