The Spanish guitar has been around for over 500 years. "My goal is to interpret all of the wonderful colors and shades of the Spanish guitar repertoire, with the same sincerity for the classics as the new pieces that I compose today"
Eric Symons is the prodigy of renowned guitarists Celedonio and Angel Romero. Eric now performs internationally with the latter and as a soloist in venues such as the Ford Center for the Performing Arts in Toronto (2001), the Seoul Center for the Performing Arts (2001), Copia, the American Center for Food Wine and the Arts, (2002). He was a headliner at the opening of Expo '92 in Seville where he received critical acclaim from Spanish prcss-"An American who is a true master of our music." Proclaimed Radio Sevilla of his opening Expo '92 performance.
Of Eric's playing Angel Romero wrote in 1989: "Eric plays with the interpretation of a poet, and the technique of a young master..." Rocco Ruggiero of the Napa Register wrote of Eric's 1997 annual recital at Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves, (a series that has been a sellout every year for twelve years), "Eric is not only a great musicians, but when hearing his performance one thinks that he is also a magician."
A resident of San Rafael, CA, Eric has also performed numerous Bay Area concerts at venues such as Old First Church, Domaine Chandon, and the Jepson Theater. Orchestral appearances include the Reno Symphony and the Reno Chamber Orchestra.
Musical studies include the composition diploma program at Boston Conservatory. A native of Hollywood, CA, Eric had private studies with film composers Jerry Fielding, Jimmy Haskell Lyie "Spud " Murphy. Music theory and conducting studies were under the tutelage of Adrian Paskowitz. Eric has composed thirty concert works for solo guitar, guitar trios and pieces for orchestra. In 1980 he arranged and transcribed for the Marine Corps Band, "The President's own", and also arranged for the White House "Strolling Strings", for the USAF. Eric has composed music for numerous documentary films, radio commercials and industrial Rims,
A lover of Latin and Flamenco music, Eric also has a trio called "Allegro Picante", with guitarist David Blakey and 'Cellist Mike Knapp. Allegro Picante has performed as a headliner at the Napa Valley Wine Auction, "Merlot in the Valley", and recently appeared at the Grand Opening of COPIA.