Eric C. Lindholm

Harry S. and Madge Rice Thatcher Professor of Music; Conductor of the Pomona College Orchestra
  • Expertise


    Eric Lindholm has conducted a wide range of repertoire for both orchestra and opera, both in the United States and abroad. He has appeared with the Festival Strings Lucerne (Switzerland), the Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen (Germany), the State Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo (Brazil), the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony, and other orchestras in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland, and the United States.  In opera, he has led works by Mozart, Ravel, Argento, and others, as well as lighter works by Arthur Sullivan and Kurt Weill.

    He holds the distinction of having won prizes in major international competitions for both conducting (Besançon 1993) and composition (Mitropoulos 2007), and his compositions have been performed in Greece and the United States.

    In his work with the Pomona College Orchestra, repertoire highlights include Act III of Wagner's Die Walküre, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker with the Inland Pacific Ballet, Mahler's Symphony No. 1, Stravinsky's Petrushka and The Rite of Spring, Nielsen's Symphony No. 4 ("The Inextinguishable"), Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, and Shostakovich's symphonies No. 8 and No. 10. 

    Research Interests

    • Conducting
    • Composition
    • Cello performance

    Areas of Expertise


    • Conducting
    • Orchestral Music
    • Orchestration and Instrumentation
    • Chamber Music
    • Ear-Training
  • Work


    Two Poems, soprano, clarinet/bass clarinet, and piano, 2011.

    Aria and Pastorale, solo viola, 2010.

    Incantation, flute/alto flute, viola, and harp, 2009.

    Rapsodia eroica, solo viola, 2008.

    Romeo and Juliet at the Met, baritone and orchestra, text by S. Monte, 2007.

    Selected Performances:

    Guest Conductor, Folkwang Kammerorchester (Essen, Germany), March 2008

    Guest Conductor, Banatul Philharmonic (Timisoara, Romania), May 2005

    Guest Conductor, Festival Strings Lucerne (Switzerland), September 2003 (radio broadcast, Prague), May 2004

    Guest Conductor, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Luhacovice, Czech Republic, May 2002

    Guest Conductor, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony (live radio broadcast, Sofia), June 2001

    Guest Conductor, Walbrzych Philharmonic, Poland, May 2001

    Guest Conductor, Vratza Philharmonic, Bulgaria, April 1999 and November 2000

  • Education


    Artist diploma
    Yale University

    Master of Music
    Boston University

    Bachelor of Arts
    Princeton University

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Conducting
    • Materials of Music
    • Orchestration & Instrumentation
    • Pomona College Orchestra
    • Seven Musical Wonders of the Western World
    • Western Music: A Historical Introduction
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Dmitris Mitropoulos Internation Composition Competition, Finalist, 2007

    Tanglewood Music Center, Conducting Fellow, 1994

    Besancon International Conducting Competition, Semifinalist Prize, 1993

    Phi Beta Kappa, 1989