Erika Pierson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from Indiana University and a Master’s in Music Performance from the University of Michigan. Between her degrees, during three years in Europe, Erika studied in Berlin at the Hochschule für Kunste and then studied privately with Eilee Croxford in London. In 2001 she was invited to perform at the Manchester International Cello Festival. Her other main teachers have included Richard Aaron, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Markus Nyikos, and Erling Blondal Bengtsson. Erika has given solo recitals in England, Germany, Spain, and in the United States, and has performed as featured soloist with orchestras in Berlin, Ann Arbor, and Everett, WA. On the less-classical side of things, Erika has also performed with Mannheim Steamroller, Rod Stewart, the Walkmen, and Deltron 3030. Currently she performs in chamber music concerts and also freelances and teaches in the Seattle area.