Erika Atchley 2024-06-23T20:42:25+00:00

Erika Atchley

Erika Atchley began studying Suzuki violin with her mother, Wilinda Atchley, at age four
and continued her studies with Tyrone Grieve at the University of Wisconsin Madison at
age eleven. She holds a Bachelors in Music from the University of North Carolina School
of the Arts (Osborne Scholarship), and a Masters in Music from the Manhattan School of
Music. Her major teachers include Elaine Lee Richey, Mitchel Stern and Burton Kaplan.
Ms. Atchley completed her Suzuki training with Ronda Cole and David Strom.
Erika teaches at TASTE (Triangle Area Suzuki Talent Education) in Raleigh North Carolina
and has also held teaching positions at the Lucy Moses School of Music (the Kaufman
Music Center) in New York City, the Queensborough College Suzuki Program in New York
City, and the Huntington Suzuki Program on Long Island. She is a lifetime member of the
SAA, a firm believer in the Suzuki philosophy, Every Child Can.
Ms. Atchley has been a featured concerto soloist with the Park Avenue Chamber
Orchestra and the Bar Harbor Festival Chamber Orchestra. She has served as Concert
Master of the Carolina Ballet and the Raleigh Civic Orchestra; Principal Second Violin of
both the Bar Harbor Chamber Orchestra and Opera Carolina. She is also a former
member of the first violin section of both the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and the
Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Atchley has performed regularly in the North
Carolina Symphony since 2003.
Ms. Atchley is a founding member of Vida Strings and has performed as a chamber
musician throughout Europe and the United States. She has recorded on the Koch,
Newport Classics, Relix and Atlantic labels. Erika has enjoyed sharing a stage as well as
recording studio with popular contemporary artists Andrea Bocelli, Barry White,
Branford Marsallis, the Eagles, Harry Connick Jr, the Indigo Girls, k.d. lang, Modern
English, Johnny Mathis and many others.

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