We have another one of our own under the spotlight this week as we gear up for “A Summer Symphony With FASO at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall” on Saturday, August 3, at 7:00 p.m. Meet Erica Delos Santos, FASO violinist and an assistant teacher of our Youth String Ensemble!
1. Erica was born in Pasadena, Calif. in 2004 to parents who immigrated from the city of Canlubang in the Philippines. Like her sister Erin, Erica started taking piano lessons at five years old. Soon after she took up the violin at age six, her remarkable skill at drawing beautiful music from the instrument was apparent.
2. Music runs deep in Erica’s family. Her lolo sa tuhod (great grandpa) was Maestro Coronado of the Buntog Rondalia in Philippine province of Laguna! He and his ensemble made music the 50s.
3. Erica’s won many accolades in music career so far. At age seven, Erica placed she placed first in the Long Beach Music Festival. She also placed first several years in a row at the Satori Strings Contest. Erica has appeared as a guest soloist with the Pasadena Summer Youth Concert Orchestra, and has performed in the White House and Carnegie Hall with the Classical European Music Academy of Los Angeles Orchestra. This year, she even accompanied Grammy nominee Tori Kelly at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theater!
4. The violin isn’t Erica’s only instrument! She also plays piano and saxophone, and she sings! She’s a member of Huntington Middle School’s Bel Canto Chorus, which performed in Carnegie Hall in 2018.
5. Erica currently studies violin with Dr. Chan Ho Yun at Colburn School and is first violinist of the Colburn Youth Orchestra. Despite her many other commitments, she most enjoys playing with FASO. Her first concert with us was “FASO Goes POPS” at the Alex Theater in Glendale, Calif. in 2015. Erica was one of the first beneficiaries of the FASO Music Education and Outreach Program, participating in workshops and recitals in 2018 and 2019. At our upcoming August 3 concert, Erica will be a featured soloist!