B i o g r a p h y
Piccoloist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Erica Peel enjoys an exciting career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist, composer and teacher. A versatile flutist and piccoloist, she is praised for her effortless and authentic performances.
Erica began her orchestral career as Principal Flute of the Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles at the age of 21. She went on to hold positions with the Honolulu Symphony, Omaha Symphony and San Diego Symphony, and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Houston Symphony.
Erica has been a first place prizewinner in several competitions including the National Flute Association's Orchestral Audition Competition, the Florida Flute Association’s Young Artist competition, and the Flute Society of Kentucky's Young Artist Competition. She has been a soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Sinfonia Players, the Omaha Symphony, and the Independence Sinfonia among others. As a chamber musician, Erica has performed with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Omaha Chamber Music Society, and Art of Elan.
Celebrated for her fearless and innovative approach to music making, Erica has found a truly unique voice outside of the classical world. As a founding member and composer of the internationally recognized pop-fusion flute duo In Sterio, Erica discovered a passion for composition that draws influences from rock, folk, funk, latin, world, electro and jazz styles. Performing in these genres, and with audio-visual elements, she has gained a sense of freedom in her playing that has lead her to produce concerts for thousands of people across the country. Although no longer active, In Sterio released two albums of her works, “Frequency” and “Awake” (CD/DVD), available on iTunes and CDbaby.
Erica’s primary studies were with Jill Felber (ZAWA!), Christine Nield-Capote at the University of Miami, and MaryAnn Archer, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Erica performs on a Muramastu flute with McKenna headjoint and a Hammig piccolo with a Mancke headjoint. She lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with her 11 year old daughter, Avery, and their beagador puppy, Lottie (short for Charlotte).