CHAMBER & ORCHESTRA
A chamber musician known for delivering wholehearted, committed performances, Erika generously shares her whole self with audiences and cultivates a warm, authentic connection with her musician colleagues.
Recent performances include Brahms' String Sextet No.1 and Mozart's String Quintet in G minor at Music at 100, as well as Brahms and Tchaikovsky's Sextets, Schubert's Trout Quintet, and Mozart's Clarinet Quintet with fellow faculty at National Music Camp of Canada. In August 2020, Erika performed concerts at Perth Manor Boutique Hotel, featuring Beethoven’s Clarinet Trio.
Erika has also frequently appeared with Westwood Concerts at Gallery 345, in new music series such as Soundstreams, Spectrum Music, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Bicycle Opera Project, and with the minimalist sextet Muskox. She has been on faculty at National Music Camp of Canada since 2018, a role she has also played at the ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival in Lenox, MA.
Erika was principal cello of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra from 2011–13, where she acted as a concerto soloist, presented recitals, performed with the SSO String Quartet, and was an instructor at the SSO Conservatory of Music. She continues to lead cello sections with numerous orchestras across Ontario.
Born to a musical family in Lahr, Germany, and raised in Kingston, ON, Erika began her cello studies at the age of nine, later completing her Bachelor of Music at Queen’s University with Wolf Tormann and her Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School with David Hetherington. She has studied at numerous summer festivals such as The Banff Centre, le Domaine Forget, Toronto Summer Music, Schloss Beuggen International Music Festival in Germany, and has honed her abilities as a Baroque specialist at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance.
Erika performs on a gorgeous Parisian cello made by JB Collin-Mézin in 1885, and a bow made by Bernard Walke in Ottawa, in addition to her Baroque and carbon fibre instruments.