Erika Baikoff dedicated her life to the arts from a very young age. Growing up, she played the violin and studied ballet at pre-professional levels. She began her vocal studies at LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts in New York, whilst privately studying with Lorraine Nubar.
Early on in her studies, Ms. Baikoff gained recognition for her singing. In 2013, she was the recepient of the Bouchaine Young Artist Scholarship at the Mondavi Center Young Artist Competition and invited to perform a recital featuring works by Sergei Rachmaninoff at the Napa Valley Festival del Sole with pianinst Vadym Kholodenko and cellist Nina Kotova. That same year, she was also awarded Second Place in the New York Lyric Opera Competition.
Ms. Baikoff pursued a degree in French Language and Culture at Princeton University, where she frequently sang in productions with the Princeton Opera Company and originated new works commissioned by the dance department. During her undergraduate studies, she spent her summers at Songfest as a Schubert fellow and the Chautauqua Institute.
She is a second year studio member of the Lyon National Opera, where she sang Juliet in Boris Blacher’s Romeo and Juliet and Anna in Verdi’s Nabucco., under the baton of Daniele Rustioni. She returns this season to sing Le Feu/La Princesse/Le Rossignol in Ravel’s L’Enfant at les Sortileges, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro and the soprano solo in Mahler’s 4th Symphony with Daniele Rustioni.
In 2019, Ms. Baikoff was a recipient of the Career Bridges Grant as well as the Best Russian Aria award in the finals of the VII Galina Vishnevskaya International Opera Competition in Moscow.
In 2018 , she won the Founder’s Prize at the Mondavi Young Artist Competition and the Audience Award in the Mary Truman Art Song Competition. This summer, she will be participating in the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie under the direction of Edith Wiens.
She received her Master of Music at the Guildhall School of Music, under the tutelage of Prof. Rudolf Piernay.