A versatile and highly emotive performer, Eric Cecil has captivated audiences all across the United States and Japan. His musical journey began at an early age in blues and rock, through these genres he mastered steel string, electric and slide guitar. Initiated by his love of J.S. Bach's music on guitar, he extended his formal studies to classical guitar, which has become his primary focus in music-making today. His dedication to classical music has made him a passionate and successful performer as a soloist and chamber musician.
As husband and wife, the Kaori Fujii Eric Cecil Duo has been on the roster for Live On Stage multiple seasons, which entailed national tours of the United States. Together they have also appeared on stages in countless Japanese cities from Tokyo to Osaka. As an electric guitarist, Eric has performed in venues all over New York including the Jimi Hendrix famed Cafe Wha, as part of the CMJ festival. He also has sat in with guitar legend and inventor Les Paul at Iridium Jazz Club, as well as blues hall of famer Linsey Alexander in Chicago. A Graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Eric studied with classical guitar department chair Mark Delpriora. Previously he studied privately with Arthur Kampela, and with Michael Newman at Mannes College of Music. A life long student, Eric now continues his studies with virtuoso soloist Jorge Caballero.
Eric currently resides in New York city where he performs and teaches. In a commitment to help spread his love of classical guitar, Eric recently founded the "Resonant Portraits" music video series, which aims to share classical guitar with new audiences through social media. The series has featured world class players such as David Leisner, Rupert Boyd and Bradley Colten. Through his many abilities, various projects and entrepreneurship, Eric has become a prominent and known figure in his field.