Eric Alexander Hewitt
I enjoy working with musicians in many ensemble settings. I believe in performing the masterworks of our inherited classical music tradition in the context of cutting-edge new music. Professional-level preparation is key.
Eric Alexander Hewitt is an acclaimed saxophonist, conductor, composer, educator, and jazz man. He joined the Conservatory in 2005 and served as chair of the woodwind department until 2015. Hewitt currently serves as music director of the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Sinfonietta, Composers' Orchestra, and Classical Contemporary Music Ensemble and is artistic director of the Conservatory's annual New Music Festival. He also currently teaches applied saxophone and conducting, orchestral studies, and chamber music. In addition to teaching at the Conservatory, Hewitt teaches and conducts at Phillips Exeter Academy, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles, and Boston College High School. Guest conducting credits include the Fromm concerts at Harvard, Alea III, the New England Conservatory Contemporary Ensemble, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, and New Music Brandeis.
As a saxophonist, Hewitt helped found the Yesaroun' Duo and the Radnofsky Saxophone Quartet. He has performed as a soloist and guest saxophonist with the Boston Pops, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the New World Symphony, the Ryles Jazz Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center. He has performed with jazz greats Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Slide Hampton, and Phil Wilson. Hewitt can be heard on many BMOP/sound recordings and on the Albany, Troy, GM Recordings, Navona, Newport Classics, New Focus, New World, col legno, and Innova labels. Hewitt is a D'Addario performing artist/clinician. He has presented performances in Ireland and the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Canada, Japan, Venezuela, and Cuba.
Hewitt holds a B.M. in saxophone performance (2001) and an M.M. in conducting (2003), both with a distinction in performance and academic honors, from New England Conservatory (NEC). From NEC, he also received the Chadwick Medal, Schuller Medal, the Tourjeé Alumni Award, and the Cage Award. In 2009, Hewitt was named Outstanding Music Faculty by the Boston Conservatory Student Government Association. After a four-year, live-in apprenticeship under Gunther Schuller, he now resides in Medford, Massachusetts.
Professional Awards and Recognitions
- Copland Foundation Grant (2009, 2011)
- Barlow Foundation Commissioning Grant (2010)
- Outstanding Music Faculty (2009)—Boston Conservatory Student Government Association
- Schuller Medal (2003)—New England Conservatory
- Winner (2000)—Boston Modern Orchestra Project Concerto Competition
- Orchestral Favorites (Midcoast Symphony Orchestra)—Guest conductor
- The Music of George Crumb and Donald Martino (Boston Conservatory New Music Festival, 2016)—Artistic director
- The Music of Louis Andriessen (Boston Conservatory New Music Festival, 2014)—Artistic director
- The Music of Gunther Schuller and Third Stream (Boston Conservatory New Music Festival, 2011)—Artistic director
- The Music of Pierre Boulez and Jean Barraqué, included the American premiere of Boulez's Derive 2 (Boston Conservatory New Music Festival, 2010)—Artistic director