Pianist Eric Jenkins is a native of Portage, Wisconsin. Dr. Jenkins currently serves as staff accompanist and lecturer at the University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Lawrence University, where he studied with pianist Michael Kim, graduating magna cum laude in 2007. He served the university as an Accompanying Fellow during 2004-2007 and served as a rehearsal pianist for Lawrence Opera productions. Dr. Jenkins was awarded the Theodore Rehl Chamber Music Prize in 2005 and the Marjorie Irvin Prize in Piano Performance in 2006 and 2007.
In 2007 Dr. Jenkins pursued graduate piano studies at the University of Calgary, Canada, studying under Marilyn Engle, and working as a graduate assistant in the departments of class piano and musicology. He was a winner of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, which resulted in his concerto debut, performing Benjamin Britten’s Piano Concerto with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in their 2007-2008 concert season.
Dr. Jenkins completed his studies at Florida State University in 2013, obtaining both Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in Piano Performance: Accompanying and Chamber Music, studying with Timothy Hoekman. In addition to working as a graduate assistant in vocal and instrumental studio accompanying, Dr. Jenkins has also worked as an assistant, coach, and pianist for the Florida State University Opera, and has also served as music director for the Florida State University Opera Outreach program. In the summers of 2010 and 2012 Dr. Jenkins was a répétiteur and staff pianist for the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
Dr. Jenkins has been active as a recitalist with numerous instrumentalists and vocalists. In the past Dr. Jenkins has performed extensively with violinist Burcu Göker throughout the United States, Canada, France, Turkey, and Cyprus, including a performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2011.