Hailed as a child prodigy, Broadus Erle made his first appearances at the age of six, followed by a seven-year tour of the United States. Before accepting the position as concertmaster of the Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo, he was the concertmaster of various radio and recording orchestras in New York City. Upon his return from Japan, Erle was first violinist of the New Music String Quartet and, from 1958 until his untimely death in 1977, chairman of the string department at the Yale University School of Music and the first violinist of the Yale String Quartet. The Quartet was nominated for a Grammy award for their recordings of late-Beethoven works. Together, Bloom and Erle performed chamber music as well as several performances of the Double Concerto of J. S. Bach, most memorably at the 92nd Street Y in New York in 1953 and later at Yale.