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Erika Nielsen

Cello - Toronto ON
Erika completed her Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School with David Hetherington.

This past June she performed as a member of the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific (dir. Arthur Arnold) and studied with Katinka Kleijn of the Chicago Symphony, and with Denis Brott at the Toronto Summer Music Academy. Recently she completed a cross-Canada tour with Alberta's Canadian University College Chamber Orchestra.

Described as a "colorful cellist of many temperaments", Erika is also a proud graduate of Queen's University as a student of Wolf Tormann, and studied further with Shauna Rolston, and at the Domaine Forget, QC. She has performed in master classes for Hans Jorgen-Jensen, Anthony Elliott, Iseut Chuat, Thomas Weibe, Philippe Muller, Tanya Prochazska, Paul Marleyn, and also appears regularly with the Kingston Symphony. Erika also performed with Grammy-award winning artist Kanye West at the Air Canada Centre and MTV Canada, with The Trews at the CNE, and is a member of Klezfactor, a jazz-klezmer ensemble and Muskox, featuring music by Michael Smith, which earned an Ontario Arts Council Grant towards their upcoming CD release this fall.