Erika SwitzerDiction and Phonetics
Canadian pianist Erika Switzer made her American debut at the Kennedy Center in 2003. Since that time, she has established herself as the frequent partner of several notable vocalists, including baritone Tyler Duncan, tenor Colin Balzer, mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn, and soprano Martha Guth. Switzer is on the music faculty at Bard College and the Vocal Arts Programs of the Bard Conservatory of Music. She is also a founding faculty member of the Vancouver International Song Institute. As co-creator of Sparks & Wiry Cries, she contributes to the future of art song performance through publication of The Art Song Magazine, presentation of recital in NYC (The Casement Fund Song Series), and the commission of new works. Learn more at sparksandwirycries.org. Switzer has been heard on the stages of New York’s Frick Collection and Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie), at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, as well as all across Canada at festivals including Vancouver’s Music on Main, Montreal’s André Turp Society and Ottawa’s ChamberFest. During her seven-year sojourn to Germany, she presented recitals at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Winners & Masters series in Munich, and she won numerous awards, including best pianist prizes at the Robert Schumann and Wigmore Hall International Song Competitions.