The Toronto Star refers to violinist Erika Raum as one of “Canada’s most talented young string players” and based on reviews of her recent performances, Ms. Raum certainly lives up to the expectation. With her dramatic and powerful interpretations of even the most difficult concerti and repertoire, she takes her place amongst the most talented young musicians in this country. Playing professionally since the age of twelve, Ms. Raum quickly rose through the ranks by taking first place at the 1992 Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition in Budapest as well as the award for best interpretation of a Mozart concerto.
She has returned on many occasions to perform in Hungary, Portugal, Austria, Germany and in France, where she was invited three consecutive summers to the Festival de l’Abbaye de l’Epau (Le Mans). She has appeared as guest artist with such orchestras as the Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Szombathely Symphony Orchestra, the Austro-Hungarian Orchestra, and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra.
A distinguished musician abroad, Ms. Raum also performs frequently throughout her homeland of Canada with orchestral appearances in cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Victoria, Halifax, and Edmonton. She is both a recitalist and chamber musician, and some of her recent highlights include appearances at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Festival of the Sound, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, Glenn Gould Studio and Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts. Abroad, she has performed at the Budapest Spring Festival, Szombathely Festival in Hungary, and Carnegie Hall, as well as the Caramoor and Prussia Cove festivals.
Ms. Raum is currently on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music - Glenn Gould Professional School and, during the summer season, serves on the faculty of the Banff Centre for the Arts.