harpist A native of Toronto, Erica Goodman is acclaimed as one of the world's outstanding solo harpists. She received her training at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), the National Music Camp (Inter-lochen, Michigan) and the Curtis
Institute of Music (Philadelphia). Already a concert performer in her teens, Ms. Goodman
played under the baton of Igor Stravinsky when he recorded in Toronto.
While at Curtis, she was a concerto soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
She has appeared as a soloist at numerous international festivals, as well
as with leading orchestras and ensembles in Canada, the United States and
Ms. Goodman made her New York debut as a soloist with
the National Arts Centre Orchestra during that orchestra's American debut
concert at Lincoln Centre in 1972.
Recent concerts include: The Tanglewood Music Festival,
U.S.A.; Wigmore Hall, London; The Royal Palace, Stockholm; The Yatsugatake
Music Festival, Japan; The Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
As Canada's foremost studio harpist, Erica Goodman
has played in hundreds of radio and TV productions, commercials and film
scores. In addition, Ms. Goodman has performed on stage and national television
with such stars as Percy Faith, Tony Bennett, Henry Mancini, Hagood Hardy
and Gene DiNovi.
Ms. Goodman can be heard on several recordings for
the BIS, Marquis, Opening Day and CBC labels with such artists as Robert
Aitken, Paul Brodie, James Campbell, the Amadeus Ensemble and in solo concert.
In 1980, Erica Goodman won the Grand Prix du Disque
Canada for her recording, "Flute and Harp" with Robert Aitken. In 1995,
she won a Juno for her solo album, "Erica Goodman Plays Canadian Harp Music".
Now Magazine selected her as Best Classical Musician in its 1996 "Best
of Toronto" readers' poll. She continues to be an active member of the
music scene in Toronto.
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ERICA GOODMAN - WHAT
THE CRITICS SAY
''We were treated to the full, rich sound of a colorful instrument played by an acknowledged expert who obliterated any notion of the precious or the prissy ..... Goodman's execution was nothing short of amazing..." Richard Storm - Sarasota Herald Tribune ''It isn't often that one gets the opportunity to hear
these works, and having a performer of Goodman's calibre .... gave the
event a very special quality." Jacob Siskind - The Ottawa
Citizen ''Erica Goodman's tremendous technical ability makes
the listener believe that the harp has no restrictions." T.P. Carrabre - Winnipeg
Free Press Miss Goodman's stature as a virtuoso harpist was brilliantly
revealed." John Kraglund - Globe and
Mail (Toronto) "Erica Goodman is not only Canada's preeminent harp
player, she is one of the most celebrated in the world." Richard Todd - The Ottawa
Citizen ''Goodman is awesome .... I was enchanted." Hugh Fraser - Hamilton Spectator ''Inviting Erica Goodman to be featured soloist turned
out to be an inspired choice." Steve Brunt - London Free
Press ''Erica Goodman .... dazzled concertgoers .... a stylish
and brilliant performance .... every soloist flourish a moment to savour....
outstanding." Barbara Senchuk - The Halifax
Chronicle-Herald '' .... a mesmerizing artist." Donald Rosenberg - The Pittsburgh
Press " .... a brilliant harpist." Frank Rasky - The Canadian
Jewish News "....her extraordinary virtuosity,
refinement and expressivity made the concert something very special." Werner Wolf Glaser - Västmanlands
Läns Tidning (Sweden) "Goodman is a fabulous harpist." Tamara Bernstein -
The National Post
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