A native of Toronto, Erica Goodman is acclaimed as one of the world’s outstanding solo harpists. She received her training at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), the National Music Camp (Inter-lochen, Michigan) and the Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia). Already a concert performer in her teens, Ms. Goodman played under the baton of Igor Stravinsky when he recorded in Toronto. While at Curtis, she was a concerto soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist at numerous international festivals, as well as with leading orchestras and ensembles in Canada, the United States and Europe. Ms. Goodman made her New York debut as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra during that orchestra’s American debut concert at Lincoln Centre in 1972.
Recent concerts include: The Tanglewood Music Festival, U.S.A.; Wigmore Hall, London; The Royal Palace, Stockholm; The Yatsugatake Music Festival, Japan; The Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C. As Canada’s foremost studio harpist, Erica Goodman has played in hundreds of radio and TV productions, commercials and film scores. In addition, Ms. Goodman has performed on stage and national television with such stars as Percy Faith, Tony Bennett, Henry Mancini, Hagood Hardy and Gene DiNovi.
Ms. Goodman can be heard on several recordings for the BIS, Marquis, Opening Day and CBC labels with such artists as Robert Aitken, Paul Brodie, James Campbell, the Amadeus Ensemble and in solo concert. In 1980, Erica Goodman won the Grand Prix du Disque Canada for her recording, “Flute and Harp” with Robert Aitken. In 1995, she won a Juno for her solo album, “Erica Goodman Plays Canadian Harp Music”. Now Magazine selected her as Best Classical Musician in its 1996 “Best of Toronto” readers’ poll. She continues to be an active member of the music scene in Toronto.