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ERICA GOODMAN, 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 (Interlochen Michigan) and the Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia). Already a concert performer in her teens, Erica played under the baton of Igor Stravinsky when he recorded in Toronto.

While at Curtis, she was a concerto soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Upon finishing her studies, Mario Bernardi chose her to be a member of the newly formed National Arts Centre Orchestra. He further gave her the honour of playing Harry Somers' Suite for Harp and Chamber Orchestra at the orchestra's New York debut performance. Erica is currently a member of Toronto's Esprit Orchestra with whom she played Alex Pauk's harp concerto on the orchestra's inaugural European tour in 1999. She also plays in the Hamilton Philharmonic and is frequently featured as a concerto soloist.

Erica's love of chamber music is highlighted by her long association with colleagues and groups such as flutist Robert Aitken with whom she performed in Hong Kong in 2009, oboist Lawrence Cherney, Trio Lyra, Tapestry New Opera Works and the newly formed Trio Désirée. Her collaboration with Swedish horn virtuoso Sören Hermansson has resulted in discovering old works and commissioning new ones for French horn and harp. Two CD's of their repertoire are available on the BIS label.

Erica is a charter member of New Music Concerts with whom she has recorded three albums for Naxos featuring the music of Toru Takemitsu (awarded «Editor's Choice» by Grammophone magazine), George Crumb and Elliott Carter. Two recently released CD's on the CMC's Centrediscs label spotlight the music of Jeffrey Ryan and Marjan Mozetich.

Erica has encouraged many prominent Canadian composers to write major works for harp. A few examples are Oskar Morawetz, Alexina Louie, Milton Barnes, Harry Freedman, Lothar Klein, Rodney Sharman and Chris Paul Harman.

In 1995, Erica won a Juno for her solo BIS CD «Erica Goodman Plays Canadian Harp Music». In 1980, her BIS recording «Flute and Harp» with Robert Aitken was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque. NOW Magazine selected her as Best Canadian Classical Musician in its 1996 «Best of Toronto» readers' Poll. .

Erica with harps
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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




  Erica Goodman


DISCOGRAPHY

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ERICA GOODMAN PLAYS CANADIAN HARP MUSIC BIS CD 649
THE VIRTUOSO HARP BIS CD 319
ERICA GOODMAN IN CONCERT
ERICA GOODMAN AND FRIENDS CBC RECORDS MVCD 1054
FLUTE AND HARP BIS CD 143
FLUTE AND HARP BIS CD 320
TOWARD THE SEA BIS CD 650
JEUX A DEUX MARQUIS RECORDS ERAD 101
HORN AND HARP SOIREE BIS CD 648
HORN AND HARP ODYSSEY BIS CD 793
PROCESSION CBC RECORDS MVCD 1038
TRIO LYRA OPENING DAY ODR 9309
HARBORD STREET OPENING DAY ODR 9315
HEAVENLY HARP CD 26257
LYRA HEBRAÏQUE: Music of Jewish Composers
REFLECTIONS CD 81373
MOSAICS CD 813332




    Erica Goodman Calendar of Events



LINKS

ArkivMusic
Sören Hermansson: Horn & Harp Odyssey
Marquis Classics
Naxos

Bis Records
Trio Lyra


Erica's Mini-Gallery
Trio Lyra Album info@ Marquis Classics
Catalogue of Albums .....Simon Fraser University
Canadian Who's Who
ALLMUSIC
Erdeco Recordings - Erica Goodman in Concert

C.B.C. Records
Encyclopedia of Music in Canada
The Canadian Music Centre - [CD's]
Tower Records
Naxos Classical Music- albums
Trio Désirée


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