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Erik Fauss - Violinist/Violist

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About Erik

Violin/Viola music of any genre! Versatile and audience-friendly. Casual to formal. Ceremonies, parties, and more!
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Erik Fauss is a freelance violist currently finishing his Masters at the Royal Academy of Music with Juan-Miguel Hernandez and Helene Clement. Before moving to London, Fauss completed his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. At age 12 he created a duet entertainment business with his cellist brother, and since then has had many gigs that sharpened his versatility: weddings, parties, ceremonies, folk bands, mariachi bands, jazz bands, etc. What makes Erik a standout player is his ability to adapt quickly to environments and give tasteful performances. Fauss has won numerous competitions and prizes, including 1st prize in the Santa Barbara Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation (2017), Westmont College Concerto Competition (2017 and 2018), North London Festival Viola Competition and D’Addario Strings Prize (2019), the Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Prize (2019), and the Theodore Holland Viola Prize (2020). Fauss is also a Drake Calleja Trust Scholar (2019). His involvement with educational programs instigated a mentorship with the Incredible Children’s Arts Network, where he taught music to underprivileged elementary school students. Since moving to London, Fauss has engaged actively with various communities and ensembles. He has performed and recorded solos with the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra and Academy Soloists Ensemble. Erik also founded the Bell Quartet, which was accepted into the Frost Quartet Fellowship Scheme, and continues to give concerts, participate in festivals, and collaborate with other artists. They have a residency at Eton College as well. Currently he is doing research on audience - performer dynamics, and as part of this he produces his own mini workshops called “Feedback with Fauss” that involve food, discussion, and surveys. Limited audience sizes ensure social distancing and intimate dialogue amongst each other. In addition to developing this further, Fauss intends to pursue teaching, recording, and more performance in collaboration with classical, folk, and jazz freelancers. Erik credits his gifts and inspiration to God, his grandmother, and significant teachers throughout his life.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
2nd Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Baroque, Opera, Musical theatre, Medieval music, Renaissance, Folk, Folk rock, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, Latin jazz, Swing, Dixieland, Ragtime, Gypsy jazz, Blues, Gospel, Light music, Experimental, Easy listening, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Americana, R&B, Covers, Bossa nova, Polka, Salsa, Tango, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Below is a sample of songs, but of course I am open to requests!
CLASSICAL
Sheep May Safely Graze by J. S. Bach
Ave Maria by J. S. Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J. S. Bach
Bach Cello Suites
Ode to Joy by L. Beethoven
Nocturne by A. Borodin
Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke
Sicilienne by Gabriel Faure
Water Music Suite by F. Handel
“Wedding March” by F. Mendelssohn
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by W. A. Mozart
Canon in D by J. Pachelbel
Trumpet Tune by H. Purcell
“Traumerei" by R. Schumann
Swan Lake by P. Tchaikovsky
Meditation from Thais
Spring from Vivaldi
Bridal Chorus by R. Wagner
TRADITIONAL/FOLK
Amazing Grace
Ashokan Farewell
Greensleeves
Londonderry Air / Danny Boy
My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
Scarborough Fair
assorted Scottish, Irish, and Celtic tunes
assorted hymns
JAZZ
At Last by Etta James
Beyond The Sea by Bobby Darin
Cheek to Cheek by Frank Sinatra
Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra
Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
La Vie en Rose by Edith Piaf
L-O-V-E by Natalie Cole
Misty by Erroll Garner
Moon River
Summertime by Gershwin
These Foolish Things by Ella Fitzgerald
POP/CLASSICS
A Thousand Years
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
Don’t Stop Believing
I Will Always Love You
Over The Rainbow
Time To Say Goodbye
What A Wonderful World
You Raise Me Up
MUSICAL THEATER / FILM MUSIC
All I Ask Of You (from “The Phantom Of The Opera”)
Edelweiss (from “The Sound Of Music”)
Get Me To The Church On Time (from “My Fair Lady”)
Hallelujah (from the Motion Picture “Shrek”)
I Could Have Danced All Night (from “My Fair Lady”)
Jurassic Park Theme Song
Married Life (from the Motion Picture “Up”)
Memory (from “Cats”)
The Sound Of Music (from “The Sound Of Music”)
Sunrise, Sunset (from the Motion Picture “The Fiddler On The Roof”)
Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I am a natural performer and friendly with audiences, so my clients often remark on my bright showmanship and wow factor. I play at a high standard, so this is usually observed as well. I like to think clients appreciate my personableness in performances as well.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

From restaurants and bars to concert halls and churches, I have performed at way too many venues to list here. I've managed cramped and awkward stages in palaces, hotels, chapels, and libraries. I've endured the noisy din of basement clubs, as well as the 9-second reverberation of cathedrals. I've performed in many outdoor gardens and even some parks too.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Dvorak, and many more classical composers. I'm always inspired by jazz artists like Theolonius Monk, Dizzie Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Esperanza Spalding, Jacob Collier, Snarky Puppy, and more. My folk influences come from Simon and Garfunkel, Mumford and Sons, Oh Hellos, Bon Iver, and other more indie artists.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Such a difficult question to answer. "High Profile" is a bit subjective isn't it... I've performed and recorded in Wigmore Hall, played for Princess Anne, soloed with the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, and performed in top concert halls throughout the United States.

Do you have different line-up options?

I play keyboard and sing, so these could definitely be a part of the set. I have several colleagues that play with me in other arrangements that are available to book: string quartet, string trio, piano-clarinet-viola trio, or any duo.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Communication is key! I'm flexible and adapt well, but it does lower some stress if you just let me know if and when the timings change. Fees will be adjusted accordingly.

How much time do you need to set up?

15-20 minutes is usually sufficient to set up chairs, stands, music, and instruments.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Of course. I just request that you give me these preferences in advance, so that I can have them well prepared and ordered nicely for a good natural flow. It also helps me rehearse/practise if necessary.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I bring my instrument and stand, but sometimes may need a chair or two.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes! There may be a chance I already know it, but it helps to know in advance. Depending on the piece, I would charge an arrangement fee of £30-£50 to take into account rehearsal time. Of course it may be an easy one, and I won't need any rehearsal :)

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£150
Up to 2 hours£230
Up to 3 hours£300

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Christiane W, 1 year ago

Erik played for me at a reception for a private party. He has a broad repertoire and tailored his gig to my musical taste and request. Wonderful musician, reliable and fun to have around. I highly recommend him!

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Julian B, 1 year ago

I have for the last year been the organiser of the series of concerts that normally take place at All Saints’ Parish Church, High Wycombe at lunch time on Mondays. Our February 24th concert was given by Erik Fauss [viola] and Kanako Sato [piano], a programme of music by Schumann, Taniev and Beethoven, given to an audience of about 50, our usual number of attenders. We consider ourselves most fortunate at All Saints’ in having the opportunity to hear performers, mostly students in their final year or on postgraduate courses sent by the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music, who play and sing for us to the very highest standards. Erik and Kanako were no exception: while their performance basics such as tuning, ensemble, consistency of tempi, etc., came across as flawless, their understanding and feeling for the music, which also came over in their playing, were heart-warming, certainly for me, and, judging by the intensity of the applause and the favourable comments I overheard at the end, almost certainly for the rest of the audience too. Erik makes the very best of the sound of the viola, which is agreeably mellow when compared to that of the violin, causing the instrument to ‘sing’ lyrically, evenly and consistently from the very bottom to the very top of its range.

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