Italian pianist Erika Crinó is very active as a chamber musician, a soloist, an adjudicator and a music teacher. Several of her performances have been featured on CBC Radio both as a soloist, as winner of the Debut Series, and in chamber music settings, collaborating with percussionist Salvador Ferreras, clarinetist Francois Houle, violist Rivka Golani, pianist Brett Kingsbury, and with soprano Vania Chan, winner of the special prize at the Eckhard-Gramatté Competition.
Since her move to Toronto, Erika has been regularly heard in several important venues, among which, several times at the Glenn Gould Studio, where she performed Bach's Triple Concerto with pianists Robert Silverman and Brett Kingsbury, and the Koffler Chamber Orchestra directed by Jacques Israelievitch. At the Glenn Gould Studio she also premiered Canadian composer Michael Pepa's TREMA with the Canadian Sinfonietta as well as his VARIAZIONI for piano and orchestra with the Croatian Cantus Ansambl.
Erika’s most recent solo performances include appearances at Teatro Marcello and Palazzo Sacchetti in Rome, La Chapelle in Montreal, George Enescu Hall in Bucharest, Guarnerius Hall in Belgrade, FUGA Series in Budapest, New Music Festival in Chisinau (Moldavia), Sala Tripcovich in Trieste, Istituto Mario Negri in Milano, Auditorium San Giacomo in Forli', Sala Corelli in Ravenna, Zagreb Biennale with the Pendercky String Quartet, as well as several performances of Bach's Concerto in D Minor in Ukraine and Bulgaria and a performance of Michael Pepa's Yakami Variations with the National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova in Chisinau. Her recent solo and chamber performance in Zagreb was attended by the Croatian President Ivo Josipovic.
Erika is currently faculty at the Kingsway Conservatory and a chamber music instructor at the University of Toronto as well as member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory. She is also very much in demand as an adjudicator for several Festivals, such as the Kiwanis Festival, UTSC Chamber Music Festival, Yip’s Music Festival, Rotary Festival.
After obtaining the Diploma in Piano with top marks at the conservatory of her own town, Trieste, and the Diploma in Chamber Music with the Trio di Trieste, Erika studied with Maestro Bruno Canino in Milan. Shortly after, she moved to Canada where she completed her Bachelor in Piano Performance at the University of Victoria with Prof. Bruce Vogt, and her Master and Doctorate in Piano Performance with Dr. Robert Silverman at the University of British Columbia.