Concertmaster, Violin I

Erica Kiesewetter has been the concertmaster of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic since 1992, and has appeared frequently as soloist, most recently in the Brahms Double Concerto with principal cellist Alberto Parini. She has also performed solo works of Bach, Mozart, Berg, Chausson and Saint-Saens with the orchestra, and has appeared in a number of recitals with NEPP pianist Steve Ryan. Additionally Ms. Kiesewetter is the concertmaster of the American Symphony Orchestra, Stamford Symphony, Northeastern Pa. Philharmonic Opera Orchestra of N.Y., Amici New York, and the Long Island Philharmonic, and appears frequently as soloist with these groups. This past year saw concerto appearances of the Red Violin Chaconne, Brandenburg Concerto 4, Arvo Part’s Fratres, and the Piazolla Seasons, and solo and chamber performances on mainland China. Ms. Kiesewetter has also been the concertmaster of the New York Pops and Eos, and has toured and recorded extensively with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her summers are spent at the OK Mozart, Round Top (Texas) 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 CDs. Her recording of the Berg Violin Concerto with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra is available now on iTunes, and her appearance on “Song of the Stars”, music of Granados, was nominated for a Grammy.

Ms. Kiesewetter is a Visiting Associate Professor at Bard College, where she is the director of orchestral studies at the Bard Conservatory and maintains a violin studio in the College. 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. Erica Kiesewetter is the proud mother of Gabriella, 21, and Sebastian, 17.