Hailed as “A great soloist of the next generation” by Ruggiero Ricci, Erica Uzcátegui Campíns made her debut as soloist in Los Angeles, California at the age of 11 with the New West Symphony. Since then, her engagements include solo performances with the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra in Russia, the Kiev Fantastic Orchestra and the Kiev Lyatoshynsky Ensemble in Ukraine, the Asunción Symphony in Paraguay, and the Bacchanalia Chamber Orchestra in New York City, USA. She was a featured soloist during the Irvine Classical Players tour to France, performing in 3 cities and playing the final concert in La Madeleine in Paris. Her upcoming solo engagements include a 10-city concert tour in Venezuela and the Pacific Academy Foundation Orchestra's European Tour, where the final performance will be a benefit concert for the Novak Djokovic Foundation.
Erica has been a member of several award-winning chamber ensembles including the Matisse Quartet. In addition to chamber series recitals throughout the Midwest and East Coast, Matisse Quartet activities included performing for an interview concert with Philip Glass, performing for Queen Sheikha Mozah in Doha, Qatar, and an Artist’s Residency at the Banff Centre in Canada. Her chamber music mentors include Leon Fleisher, Dawn Upshaw, Joel Krosnick, and Noah Bendix-Balgley.
Passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration, Erica performed at the TED headlining event TEDSummit 2016 with Joshua Roman, “Blinky Bill” Sellanga and Iyeoka Okoawo, commemorating the life of Prince. She was the soloist for a concert at the Skirball Museum honoring Albert Einstein and has played several collaborative visual arts concerts in museums including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Gene Autry Museum. She is featured in “The Staff of Mercury” as violin soloist in a documentary about the healing power of music which will be distributed by Sony and PBS in 2020.
Understanding the power music has to change lives, Erica seeks to be a musical ambassador in society which has led her to perform through several organizations bringing enrichment and education to everyone in the community. She has conducted several lecture concerts through Elderhostel and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and performed through organizations such as Musicians with a Mission and Meet the Maestro, that offer music education and enrichment to the elderly and youth. While in Baltimore, Erica often performed in the Children’s Wing at the Hopkins Cancer Center.
Ms. Uzcátegui Campíns was awarded 1st Prize at the Burgos International Competition, the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Artist Audition, and the Summit Music Festival International Competition. She has been a Solo Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre and has played concertmaster under conductors Leon Fleisher, Gerard Schwarz, Joseph Silverstein, Rob Kapilow, Ian Hobson, Andrés Cárdenes, Brad Keimach, Eckart Preu, and Jorge Luis Uzcátegui. She is currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Spokane Symphony.
Erica is Artistic Coordinator and Teaching Artist for Music Innovates, an intensive orchestral training program modeled after "El Sistema" in Venezuela. This collaboration between the Spokane Symphony and Spokane Public Schools provides free classical music
instruction to underprivileged students 4 days per week, creating a haven where students learn essential life skills through rigorous music education. As a pedagogue, Erica has conducted master classes for the Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Division and Meet the Maestro in Pittsburgh, and for Sonidos de la Tierra in Paraguay. She also holds her own studio of private students.
Erica began studying violin with Gayaneh Kumar in Los Angeles, California. Following her solo debut in Walt Disney Concert Hall at 16, Erica was awarded a scholarship to study with Victor Danchenko. After receiving her bachelor's degree from Peabody Conservatory, she continued her studies on full scholarship with Andrés Cárdenes receiving her master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Erica’s mentors include Ruggiero Ricci, Abram Shtern, and Joseph Silverstein. Erica plays on a 1716 Carlo Tononi violin generously provided by anonymous donors.