Erika Switzer, Pianist

“Erika Switzer is one of the best collaborative pianists I have ever heard; her sound is deep, her interpretation intelligent, refined, and captivating.” – Le Monde

Widely known for her brilliant and expressive playing, Erika Switzer grows her reputation as the collaborative pianist of choice.  Throughout Europe and North America, she has been praised for her ability to match emotional playing to dramatic texts. In 2011/2012, Ms. Switzer will perform for in New York for the Peggy Rockefeller Concert series and tour for Debut Atlantic in Canada.

Ms. Switzer has also performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall), Boston’s Longy Hall, and Paris’ Salle Cortot.  Other European performances include the New Discoveries series in Baden-Baden Festspiele, and the Winners & Masters concert series in Munich.  In her native Canada, she has performed at the Chamber Music Festivals of Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver.

Ms. Switzer has been recorded by the CBC, Dutch Radio (Radio 4), SWR and the Bayerische Rundfunk in Germany, WQXR New York and WGBH Boston.  A committed teacher, Erika is a founding faculty member of the Vancouver International Song Institute and currently teaches at Bard College in upstate New York.  Erika is co-creator of the podcast and soon-to-be Ezine “Sparks and Wiry Cries”, with soprano Martha Guth.

Erika Switzer won First Prize for best pianist at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Best Pianist award at the Robert Schumann International Vocal Competition. Following seven years in Germany, Ms. Switzer is currently based in New York City where she is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School of Music.