Erica’s gift was borne of a childhood shaped by music and piano. She grew up in a family of 7 pianists and educators, in a house with twenty-six pianos. She began playing at age 3 and at age 9 she was already a full-fledged piano teacher. Soon thereafter, she earned a scholarship to the Juilliard School (Prep), traveling weekly to New York City from Vermont. At 11, she made her solo orchestral debut, and as a teen performed numerous additional solo engagements with orchestra.
PATH TO PURCHASING A PIANO OF HER OWN
While earning her BFA in Piano Performance, Erica began contemplating how she might purchase a fine grand piano of her own. Serendipitously, a television commercial for the “Miss America Scholarship Pageant” presented itself, and four months later she was on the Miss America stage in Atlantic City. There, she won a substantial talent scholarship performing Liszt’s “Waldesrauchen” and purchased her first Steinway & Sons grand piano.
Following graduation, she established a successful piano teaching practice in NYC – until a skiing accident injured her hand. For the first time in her life, Erica could not play the piano. This gave her time to re-evaluate her career. With a new direction in mind, Erica earned her MBA in Marketing while working for a piano dealership in NYC. It was then that she discovered her gift for matching people to pianos and pianos to people.
SUCCESS AT STEINWAY & SONS
Soon she began pairing people to pianos at Steinway Hall in NYC, where she quickly became the top sales representative worldwide for nearly a decade. Her novel approach was featured in “Matchmaker” written by Pulitzer prize journalist James B. Stewart in “The New Yorker.”
ESTABLISHING PIANO MATCHMAKER LLC
Wanting to expand her representation to make way for an unbiased approach, Erica founded Piano Matchmaker LLC where she pairs people to pianos of any make, anywhere in the world. She has been the single driving force behind Piano Matchmaker since 2005
In 2019, the “Matchmaker” story in the New Yorker was optioned by Tessa Ross of House Productions for a feature film. The screenplay for “Matchmaker” is in the works