Edward Eanes joined the Georgia Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in May 1998. A South Carolina native, he holds degrees in Violin Performance from Furman University (BM) and Florida State University (MM) and). He received a Ph.D. in Musicology from Louisiana State University where he simultaneously held a violin teaching assistantship and was Concertmaster of the LSU New Music Ensemble. While in Louisiana, he won positions in the Baton Rouge Symphony and Louisiana Sinfonietta and performed for two seasons with the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans while conducting his dissertation research.
He appeared as soloist with the GSO on 4 occasions performing Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, Bach Concertos and music from Schindler’s List. His other solo credits include concerts with the Carroll Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Vermilion Chamber Orchestra, and the Furman University Orchestra.
In addition to the GSO, Eanes is currently Concertmaster of the Carroll Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He is also a founding member of Atlanta By Six, a progressive chamber ensemble that performs in non-classical venues such as Eddie’s Attic.
Eanes joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in 1998, where he is Professor of Musicology. Prior to KSU, he taught at Louisiana State University, the University of New Orleans and directed the chamber orchestra at Clayton College and State University. Active in KSU study abroad programs since 2006, Eanes launched a new “Music History in Europe” program in Germany and France in summer 2018.