About me

Indonesian-born Soprano Erika Tandiono specialises in music from the 16th to the 18th century and is praised for her “bell-clear” voice, virtuosity and excellent musical ornaments. The highlights of her engagements in 2021 include a CD recording with Ensemble Weser-Renaissance Bremen, concerts with Ensemble Vox Luminis and a recurring tour with the European Hanseatic Ensemble.  

Erika has performed in some of the most prestigious music festivals worldwide, such as the International Heinrich-Schütz Festival (Germany), Festival de Saintes (France) and Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival (Australia). In 2020 she received the Bovicelli Young Talent Award for her own diminution in the Bovicelli Competition, a competition focusing on the late Renaissance and early Baroque vocal diminutions. The group that she co-founded, Ensemble Thamyris, is chosen as a finalist of the Ensemble Competition “Förderpreis Alte Musik 2020” in Saarland, which, unfortunately, has to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Erika has performed as a soloist with some of the most distinguished ensembles and orchestras in Australia, such as the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Chamber choir and Ludovico’s Band. She was the soprano soloist in a number of oratorio performances with the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra between 2015 and 2018, such as The Messiah (Händel), St. John Passion and Mass in B minor (J. S. Bach). Her operatic roles include The Second Woman from Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), La Poésie from Les Arts Florissants (M-A. Charpentier) and Die Zweite Dame from The Magic Flute (Mozart). She has recorded CDs under the labels of Move Records (Australia) and Arcantus (Germany). From 2015 until 2018 she held the position of the Principal Soprano at the Scots’ Presbyterian Church in Melbourne, Australia.

As a newcomer in the classical music scene in Germany, Erika collaborates actively with local musicians and young chamber music ensembles, such as Bremer Barock Consort, Geigenconsort Bremen, Ensemble Sua Dolce Maestà and Ensemble Musica getutsch. Despite all of the concert cancellations due to the pandemic, she remains active by doing researches, video and audio recordings and concerts planning on top of rehearsals.

Erika is currently completing her Master’s degree studies of Early Music (Voice) at the University of Arts Bremen under the tutelage of Prof. Benno Schachtner, Bettina Pahn and Gerd Türk. She has also had masterclasses with other mentors such as Manfred Cordes, Alessandro Quarta, Dame Emma Kirkby and Ulrike Hofbauer. In 2012 she studied Historical Gesture under Helga Hill, a recipient of the Order of Australia medal, and since then has applied it in many of her performances. Before deciding to come to Germany in 2018 to pursue her passion in Early Music more deeply, Erika worked as dental assistant alongside her work as a freelance singer and a voice teacher in Melbourne, Australia. Together with other Indonesian musicians based in Europe, Erika wishes to introduce Baroque Singing to the Indonesian classical music community.


Last time modified in July 2021.

A more elaborate Curriculum Vitae with a repertoire list can be provided upon request.