Erica Tursi, Violin

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Erica Tursi’s artistic journey started with singing and ballet. When she was 8, she saw the violin being performed on TV and after that she knew she wanted to be a violinist. Since then, she has performed in exclusive venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian Institute, Kimmel Center, and Severance Hall, and has been featured soloist with the Ocean City Pops, Philharmonic of Southern NJ, Ambler Symphony, Old York Road Symphony, Battle Ground Symphony, and Delaware Symphony. Erica’s first experience with chamber music came at the age of 11 with a piano trio. She immediately fell in love with chamber music, enraptured by the possibilities of musical conversation and comradery between her and her colleagues.

Her forays into various workshops and festivals highlight this interest, including Music Academy of the West, Spoleto Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Quartet Program, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the New World Symphony, Symphony in C, and the New Juilliard Ensemble.

Erica received a Masters of Music degree at the Juilliard School mentored by Catherine Cho, further graduate studies at the New England Conservatory with Soovin Kim and Donald Weilerstein, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with William Preucil. She is currently pursuing a DMA at the University of Maryland where she works with David Salness.

Erica immerses herself in the community wherever she is. While at Juilliard she performed outreach concerts throughout the New York area as a Gluck Community service fellow. Additionally, she is a Suzuki certified teacher and maintains a private studio in Maryland. Her other passions include animal rights and spending time with family and friends.