As a new arrival in Germany this year, violist Erin Kirby has already been highly sought after as a chamber musician, recitalist, and orchestral player. This season, she appeared with the Schumann Quartet, with members of the Buchberger Quartet, with members of the Frankfurt Opera- and Museumsorchester and the Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, as solo violist with Frankfurt Sinfonietta, and as a competitor in the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Competition, Berlin. In September she will be principal violist of the Rheingau Musikfestival Orchestra. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main in the class of Roland Glassl.
Erin began her formal viola studies at age 12 in Atlanta, beginning her tutelage with Dr. Marilyn Seelman at 16. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she received the Howard Hanson Scholarship for her studies with Carol Rodland. With enthusiasm for the many faces of the viola, she was featured with members of Ensemble Signal and Musica Nova under Brad Lubman and as soloist with Eastman Collegium Musicum under Paul O’Dette and Christel Thielmann. She studied chamber music with the Ying Quartet, eventually participating in their Intensive String Quartet Seminar. She also took part in the concert series “If Music Be the Food . . .” with Concertmaster Juliana Athayde and members of the Rochester Philharmonic to benefit local Rochester food banks.
Erin went on to complete a Professional Studies Diploma with Paul Hersh at the San Francisco Conservatory. During that time, she studied closely and performed with Jean-Michel Fonteneau as well as with Paul Hersh and Norman Fischer in the concert series “Chamber Music Masters.” As a winner of the Baroque Concerto Competition, she appeared as a soloist with members of the American Bach Soloists and the SFCM Baroque ensemble. Her studies were generously supported by the Sher-Right Scholarship.
She has recently studied chamber music with the Brentano Quartet, members of the Arditti and Kronos Quartets, Kim Kashkashian, and Robert Mealy. Erin’s summers have been enriched at the Heifetz International Music Institute and as a fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival.