Erica Jacobs-Perkins, violinist, is passionate about demystifying classical music-making. A graduate of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, she also holds a B.A. in English Literature from McGill. Her recent projects include playing in the Orchestre Lyrique de Montréal, writing about the application to classical music performance of T.S. Eliot’s essay “Tradition and the Individual Talent”, and instilling perfect posture into sometimes-rowdy young violinists at the McGill Conservatory. She has participated in numerous festivals and workshops, including Bowdoin International Music Festival (‘14), Orford String Quartet Seminar (‘13), Texas Music Festival (‘11), and Interlochen Arts Camp (’04-’06, ’09, ’10). Erica is a native of Rochester, NY and is an alumna of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Hochstein School of Music, and the Kanack School of Music (where she has also coached a summer violin ensemble). Her principal teachers have been Felicia Moye, Denise Lupien, and Virginia Wensel, and she has also worked with Janet Sung, Susanna Gilmore, and Midori Goto. Erica’s most formative personal and musical experience to date was her four-year tenure with the recently disbanded TARDIS quartet, which taught her patience and musical adventurousness, as well as gaining three lifelong friends.
She is available to hire as a solo violinist or with collaborators to form a duo (string duo or violin/guitar), trio (string trio or flute/violin/guitar), or quartet.
Erica will be in Rochester for the month of August before moving to Chicago in September.
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Rita · Married on 12/12/2015
Erica did a fabulous job as a strolling violinist at a special event we held at The Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, December 2015. It was the perfect entertainment for a quiet dinner before our main show. She is courteous, professional, and very talented!Sent on 01/04/2016
Debbie · Married on 09/06/2014
The string quartet that we hired for our wedding was wonderful, guests came to see me after the ceremony to tell me how beautiful their music was.Sent on 09/24/2014
Erica was very attentive to my needs and very flexible with my requests. She took the time to go through the ceremony with me and discuss each step. They were able to do exactly what I needed and requested and their performance was beautiful!
User4409354 · 2+ years ago
Played during the cocktail portion of our wedding reception. Though we did not get to hear the musician (wedding party photos elsewhere), the guest had very positive reviews!Sent on 09/18/2014
Erica was on our roster for several years, and could always be relied upon to provide a fantastic and professional experience to our clients.