Centerport, Long Island, who attended Juilliard and the New York String
Orchestra Seminar and studied with Gerry Beal, Earl Carlyss, Charles Castleman, Joey Corpus, Ivan Galamian,
Lisa Kim, Joyce Robbins and Emanuel Vardi.
In 1986, she
became the concert master of the Stamford Symphony in Connecticut.
with whom she has worked include the Alexandria Quartet, the American
Ballet Theatre, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Amici
New York Orchestra, the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, Bargemusic,
the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Colorado Quartet, the
Columbia Synfonietta, the Dakota Quartet, Eos,
the Jerusalem Symphony, the Leonardo Trio, the Long Island Philharmonic, the
New York Pops, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Odyssey
Chamber Players, the Opera Orchestra of New York, Orpheus, the Orpheus
Chamber Orchestra, the Perspectives Ensemble, and the Solisti
New York Chamber Orchestra.
the fourth movement of Bela Bartok’s “Sonata
for Solo Violin” for Pitch for
the International Microtonalist, Vol. 1, No. 3 in the winter of 1988-1989.
recordings on which she appears include: Berg: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
with the American Symphony Orchestra; Erno Dohnanyi: Concertino for Harp and Chamber
Ensemble/Sextet in C major/Six Pieces for Piano with Leon Botstein; Grace by Kathleen Battle; Griffes:
Goddess of the Moon; Igor
Stravinsky/C.F. Ramuz: Histoire du soldat: The Soldier’s Tale for 3
Actors & Instrumental Ensemble with Solisti
New York; James Primrosch: Icons and Morris Rosenzweig with the Leonardo
Trio; Jay Reise: Rhythmic Garlands by Charles Abramovic; Music
by Shulamit Ran; and, Song of the Stars:
Granados/Casals/Blancafort by the
Voices of Ascension.
She can also
be heard on the soundtracks of The
Brave One and The Last Mimzy.
In the early ‘90s,
she became the concert master of the Northeastern Pennsylvania
Trio appeared at the University of the Pacific’s Faye Spanos Concert Hall in Stockton, California,
on 12th March 1994 for a trio of trios: “Trio (Cinq
pieces breves)” by Bohuslav
Martinu; “Trio No. 3 in G minor, Gp. 110” by Robert Schumann; and, “Trio No.
2 in E flat major, Gp. 100 (D. 929)” by
In 1997, Erica
was in the orchestra pit for a production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide at
the George Gershwin Theatre in New
concert master of the American Symphony Orchestra and began participating in
the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival in 2001.
In 2002, she
became concert master of the Long Island Philharmonic.
percussionist Chacho Ramirez were guest artists
at Third Street
Anna-Maria Kellen Auditorium in Manhattan on 23rd January
2004. The kid-friendly concert
featured the “Ciaconna” from “Partita
No. 2” by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf & Alan Ridout, the world
premiere of The Jester and the
Necklace by Carolyn Steinberg, “Reynolds Etudes” by Phil
Kline, “Sonata for Two Violins” by Sergei Prokofiev, and “Sonata
No. 6” by Eugene Ysaye.
February 2007, the Long Island Philharmonic & Chamber Choir offered up “Baroque
by Candlelight” at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden
City. The evening’s music
comprised J.S. Bach’s Cantata
No. 4 (Christ lag in Todesbanden), Arcangelo
Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso in G
minor, Op. 6, No. 8” (“Christmas Concerto”) and Antonio
Vivaldi’s Gloria, RV 589 and “Winter” from The Four Seasons, with Erica as
inaugurated the School for Strings Summer Program in June 2007. The focus of the program is to help
students graduate from chamber ensembles to chamber orchestras without a
2007, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic gave a pair of concerts at
the F.M. Kirby
Center and Scranton Cultural
Center. The centerpiece of these
performances was Erica’s interpretation of the “Violin Concerto
in D minor” of Jean Sibelius.
Other works involved were the overture from Der Freischutz by Carl Maria von Weber,
the overture from The School for
Scandal by Samuel Barber and “Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes
of Carl Maria von Weber” by Paul Hindemith.
the Sibelius violin concerto with the Long Island Philharmonic at the Staller
Center for the Performing
Arts on 6th April 2008.
Also on the program were highlights from Music for the Royal Fireworks by George Frideric
Handel and “Symphony No. 104 in D major” (“London”) by
Franz Joseph Haydn.
and 26th April 2008, she revisited Sibelius’s concerto yet
again, this time with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Richard B. Fisher
Center for the
Performing Arts. The concert
was rounded out by Barber’s “Knoxville Summer of 1915”
and Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30.
She gave a
master class at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin,
on 27th January 2009.
March 2009, she and pianist Blair McMillen gave a
recital in the Kellogg
at the Bard Conservatory and College.
The sonata-heavy event included “Sonata in B flat, K. 454”
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Sonata No. 4” by Grazyna Bacewicz, “Sonata
No. 3” (“Ballade”) by Eugene Ysaye,
“Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108” by Johannes Brahms and “Two
Etudes for Piano” by Marc Mellits.
Erica was in the
Sosnoff Theatre on 30th October 2009
as part of “John Cage at Bard
College: A Symposium” for a program that
concentrated on his chamber works.
She was featured on “Nocturne for Violin and Piano”, “Six
Melodies for Violin and Keyboard” and “String Quartet in Four
March 2010, she and David Creswell were the soloists with the Long Island
Philharmonic in the John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra University. They performed “Sinfonia Concertante for
Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat major, K. 364” by Mozart. It was supplemented by “Dances
of Galanta” by Zoltan
Kodaly, the overture from William Tell
by Gioachino Rossini and “Vocalise” by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
She was one of
the featured performers at the Round Top Music Festival in Texas on 3rd
July 2010. The chamber music
event paired Felix Mendelssohn’s “Octet for Strings in E flat,
Op. 20” with Max Reger’s “Quintet
for Clarinet in Strings in A, Op. 146”, with soloist Hakan Rosengren.
September 2010, she and Alberto Perrini shared
the stage at the F.M.
for the Performing Arts as the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic
presented Brahms’ “Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in
A minor, Op. 102”. The
romantic affair included Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture, Op. 84”
and Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56” (“Scottish”).
Brahms’ double concerto with Edward Aaron and the Stamford Symphony
Orchestra on 16th and 17th October 2010. Also on the program were Beethoven’s
“Symphony No. 5” and Prokofiev’s “Symphony No. 1”
In June 2011,
she and Robert Zubrycki shared solo duties on
J.S. Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043”
with the Amici New York Orchestra at the OK
Mozart International Music Festival.
Their repertoire was supplemented by Antonin
Dvorak’s “Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22”, Franz
Joseph Haydn’s “Toy Symphony in C major”, Astor Piazzolla’s “Fuga
y Misterio” and Ottorino
Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3”.
She was at the
Festival Concert Hall in Round Top, Texas,
on 2nd July 2011, for performances of “Rhapsody for Seven”
by Andre Jolivet and The Soldier’s Tale by Stravinsky.
July 2011, she gave a master class at the Edythe Bates Old Chapel, also in
She was one of
a handful of musicians who appeared at Fisher Center
on 14th August 2011 in a recital of selections from “Lyric
Pieces, Op. 54” by Edvard Grieg, songs of
Wilhelm Peterson Berger and Frederick Delius, and “Svartsjukans Natter” and “Valse triste, Op. 44/1”
August 2011, she was back at Fisher in Annandale-on-Hudson for a Finnish affair
that comprised “Autumn, Op. 68” by Leevi
Madetoja, the “Schott Concerto” of Aarre Merikanto, “String
Trio, Op. 133” by Erkki
Melartin and “Quartet for Strings in D
minor, Op. 56” (“Voces intimae”)
She went on
the road with the Bard Music Festival on 9th June 2012 for an
all-Tchaikovsky event in Loke Yew Hall at Hong Kong University. Their program featured the master’s
“String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 1” and “String
Sextet in D major, Op. 70” (“Souvenir de Florence”).
In the field
of music education, she has taught at the Appleton Conservatory, Bard College,
the Bard Conservatory, Columbia University, Juilliard, the Manhattan
School, Mannes, Penn State,
Purchase State University
in New York,
the Round Top Institute, and the aforementioned School for Strings.