U N I T E D S T A T E S
Erica Richardson is a violinist of diverse interests devoted to connecting people to meaningful art in their everyday lives. Growing up in a musical family in Los Angeles, California, Erica was exposed to a wide range of influences from a young age. Already enchanted with everything from jazz and modern dance to experimental performance art, it was love at first sight when Erica began studying the violin. Following her solo debut in Walt Disney Concert Hall at 16, Erica relocated to Baltimore to study with Victor Danchenko. After earning her bachelor's degree from Peabody Conservatory, she was awarded a full scholarship to continue her studies with Andres Cardenes, recently graduating with an M.M. from Carnegie Mellon University. Erica plays on a Carlo Tononi violin generously provided by anonymous donors.
Erica has kept an active performance schedule as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. Highlights as soloist include performances with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra, New West Symphony, and the Summit Music Festival Orchestra. Erica has held the concertmaster position in nearly every orchestra which she has been a member of, playing concertmaster under the baton of such conductors as Leon Fleisher, Gerard Schwarz, Joseph Silverstein, Rob Kapilow, and Ian Hobson. Erica has been a member of several award winning chamber ensembles, including the Matisse Quartet. In addition to chamber series recitals, Matisse Quartet activities included performing for an interview concert with Philip Glass, performing for Qatari queen Sheikha Mozah in Doha, and an Artist’s Residency at the Banff Centre in Canada. Erica’s chamber mentors have included Leon Fleisher, Joel Krosnick, Dawn Upshaw, Mark Steinberg, Robert McDonald, Robert Page, and David Harding.
Music holds a unique power to heal and inspire, and Erica is dedicated to help music prosper as living art. Erica is passionate about performing works of living composers, and loves interdisciplinary collaboration between creatives in any field. She thrives on experimentation and plays with boundaries of genre. Dedicated to outreach Erica seeks opportunities to bring music to unexpecting people. She has performed for underprivileged youth and elderly enrichment through several organizations such as Musicians with a Mission and Meet the Maestro; however her most memorable day of offering simply consisted of playing anything that came to mind in a waiting room corner in the Children’s Wing at the Hopkins Cancer Center.