Member Spotlight: Eric Fox

Eric FoxI am a physician with a family practice at Beaver Medical Group in Yucaipa.

Having played the piano from the age of four, I double majored in pre-med and music at UC Riverside, continuing music classes while getting my degree in medicine from UC San Diego.

In 1979 and 1981, I won the Redlands Community Music Association’s Young Artists Competition. I was also a violinist with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra.

Between my internship, residency, family and work, piano fell by the wayside for about 20 years. Having rediscovered my joy of playing the piano has been both therapeutic and meditative; it is my main passion and outlet. I believe it makes me a better doctor, as it heightens my empathy for my patients. In addition to about a dozen recitals a year, it was my privilege to participate in AmateurPianists’ Sacred Music Recital last September when I performed  “Poems of the Sea,” composed by Ernest Bloch (1880-1959) and based upon the spiritual poem by Walt Whitman: 1) Waves (Poco agitato), 2) Chanty (Andante misterioso) and 3) At Sea (Allegro vivo).

This August I will make my second appearance at the Cadillac Hotel in San Francisco, where last year I played an 1884 Steinway Model D concert grand piano in the Concerts at the Cadillac series. I may also have an opportunity to perform in concerts in Maui and Maryland in 2014.

This February, I performed a piece by 20th century composer Ernest Bloch and one of Chopin’s nocturnes at the Doctors in the Desert concert at the Annenberg Center in Rancho Mirage. That concert benefitted the Steinway Society of Riverside County and raised funds for piano student scholarships.

My other passion is scuba diving. Our family goes to Hawaii at least twice a year for diving trips and I try to get to one other place for an annual dive trip.

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