Erika Switzer

Erika Switzer

Erika Switzer is an internationally active pianist, teacher, and arts administrator. She enjoys long-term partnerships with several notable vocalists, including soprano Martha Guth, mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn, tenor Colin Balzer, and baritone Tyler Duncan.

Erika Switzer has been heard on the stages of New York’s Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie) and Frick Collection, 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 pianist prizes at the Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, and Wigmore Hall International Song Competitions.  

Erika Switzer is on the music faculty at Bard College and the Vocal Arts Programs of the Bard Conservatory of Music.  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 recitals in New York City (Casement Fund Song Series), and the commission of new works.  Learn more at sparksandwirycries.org