Known for her brilliant and expressive playing, Erika Switzer has been praised for her ability to match emotional playing to dramatic texts. Throughout Europe and North America, she has performed in recital with sopranos Martha Guth, Simone Osborne and Edith Wiens, mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne, tenors Colin Balzer and James Taylor, and baritones François Le Roux, Christopher Trakas and Tyler Duncan.
Ms. Switzer has appeared across Canada for Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut, at the chamber music festivals of Montreal and Ottawa, and frequently at MusicFest Vancouver and the André Turp Recital Society series in Montreal. Her New York appearances include recitals for the Peggy Rockefeller Concert Series and the Frick Collection, as well as performances at Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. She has also appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In France, she has performed for the Francis Poulenc Academy in Tours and in Paris at Salle Cortot for Pro Musicis. Other European performances include the New Discoveries series in Baden-Baden Festspiele, and the Winners & Masters concert series in Munich. She has also played at the Cape Classic Chamber Music Festival in South Africa.
Erika Switzer is a professor at Bard College and the Bard College Conservatory of Music, a co-founder of the Vancouver International Song Institute, and a faculty member of Westminster Choir College’s CoOPERAtive Program. She is also co-creator of the podcast and Ezine “Sparks & Wiry Cries,” co-produced 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. She holds a D.M.A. degree from the Juilliard School of Music.