Erica Tang

Erica Tang, born and raised in Canada, began piano lessons at the age of five with Wolfram Linnebach. Under his thirteen years of tutelage, Tang began winning piano competitions by the age of seven, and made her orchestral debut at the age of eleven with the Alberta College Conservatory Orchestra. 

A consistent national prize winner at the Canadian Music Competition for eight consecutive years, she has also performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the National Arts Center Orchestra while still in her early teens. Tang also placed third in the Shean International Piano Competition at the age of sixteen and to date is still the youngest competitor to ever advance to the finals. She completed the entire curriculum offered by the Royal Conservatory of Music of North America while still in her teenage years, placing First Class Honors with Distinction in each level.

Her first memory of a masterclass was at the age of nine for the late Gyorgy Sebok, and throughout her childhood had played for illustrious musicians such as Jane Coop, Jon Kiruma Parker, Angela  Cheng, Jane Allen, Robert McDonald, Emilio Del Rosario, Ronald Turini, Marc Andre-Hamelin, and Anton Kuerti. She was accepted at the age of seventeen into the studio of Menahem Pressler, pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio at Indiana University. Tang continued to work with Marietta Orlov, completing her Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Toronto. While in Toronto, Tang was the chosen pianist to represent the province of Ontario to compete in the National Finals.

She has performed for the Attorney General of Canada and the Ambassador of Thailand of Washington, D.C.. Featured on CBC Canada radio at the age of 9, she has also been heard on WQXR, the Classical Radio Station of the New York Times. She is the pianist of Trio Colore, a piano trio established in the year 2000 in Canada, winning the Felix Galamir Chamber Music Award within its first few months of its conception. Tang was then accepted at the Yale School of Music to study under legendary pianist Claude Frank, and obtained a Masters of Music in Piano Performance degree. She is currently finishing her Doctorate of Piano Performance at Stony Brook University in New York with Gilbert Kalish.

An experienced chamber musician, Tang received tutelage from members of the Tokyo String Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet, the Guarneri String Quartet, the St.Lawrence String Quartet,  and the Gryphon Trio.