Erica Kiesewetter, Concertmaster
Erica Kiesewetter was appointed to the concertmaster chair of the Stamford Symphony in 1986. Since that time she has appeared regularly as soloist with the orchestra and has been featured in recitals at the Steinway Gallery in Westport. Additionally Ms. Kiesewetter is the concertmaster of the American Symphony Orchestra, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, , Opera Orchestra of N.Y., Amici New York, Long Island Philharmonic,and the New York Pops, and appears frequently as soloist with these groups. She also recently appeared as soloist in the Berg Violin Concerto with the Jerusalem (Israel) Symphony, the performance of which was subsequently broadcast throughout the US on NPR.. This past summer she appeared at the OK Mozart, Round Top, and Bard Music Festivals.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Kiesewetter is the former first violinist of the Colorado and Dakota Quartets, and a member of the Leonardo Trio for 14 years. She has performed concerts with these and other groups in 49 U.S. States, Canada and many European and South American countries, and can be heard on more than a dozen cd’s, the most recent of which, “Song of the Stars”, was nominated in 2009 for a Grammy award. Her recording of the Berg Violin Concerto with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra is available on iTunes.
Ms. Kiesewetter has been recently appointed Visiting Associate Professor at Bard College, where she is the director of orchestral studies at the Bard Conservatory. She has also been on the faculty of Columbia University, and coached orchestra classes at Juilliard, Mannes, Manhattan School, Purchase SUNY, and the School for Strings. Ms. Kiesewetter was a student of the great violin pedagogue Ivan Galamian at Juilliard. She has also studied with Charles Castleman, Earl Carlyss, Emanuel Vardi, Joyce Robbins, Gerry Beal, Joey Corpus and Lisa Kim.
Erica Kiesewetter is the proud mother of Gabriella,19, who plays cello and viol da gamba and is a biology major at Bard College, and Sebastian, 14, a tournament chess player.
Ms. Kiesewetter plays a Carlo Antonio Testore violin, made in Milan in 1727.
Sebu Sirinian, principal second
Jon Manasse, principal
Benjamin Herman, principal
Amy Berger, principal
Emily Wong, principal