Erica Tursi, a native of Medford, NJ started violin at the age of eight. She has since performed as a soloist with the Ocean City Pops, Philharmonic of Southern NJ, Ambler Symphony, Old York Road Symphony, Battle Ground Symphony, Delaware Symphony and numerous others. A frequent recitalist, Erica has performed in venues such as The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, The Smithsonian Institute, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Severance Hall, Mixon Hall and many others.
Erica has attended festivals such as Music Academy of the West, the Perlman Music Program, Spoleto Festival, Aspen Summer Music Festival, Banff Quartet Program, Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Quartet Program and Colorado College Summer Music Festival. She attended the New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2011.
An avid Orchestral Musician, Erica was principle and sectional violin of the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra for four years. She has been a section violinist of The Spoleto Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and Firelands Symphony. Erica is currently a substitute violinist of the New World Symphony and holds a position with Symphony in C where she plays under the baton of Rossen Milanov. In addition she is a member of the Juilliard Orchestra and also performs with the New Juilliard Ensemble led by Joel Sachs.
Erica received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied under Concert Master of the Cleveland Orchestra, William Preucil. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School under the instruction of Catherine Cho. Previous teachers and mentors include Hirono Oka, David Updegraff, Kathleen Winkler and Paul Kantor.
Dedicated to bringing music in to the community, Erica performs outreach concerts throughout the New York area as part of the Gluck Community service fellowship at The Juilliard School. Additionally she holds the Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship, which involves going to schools in the New York area and preparing weekly lessons that integrate music education in to the regular classroom curriculum.
This performance marks Erica Tursi's La Jolla Music Society debut.
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