Erika Blanco, a Southerner by birthright and Midwesterner by recent transplant, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance from Vanderbilt University and the University of Minnesota, respectively, where she studied with Christian Teal and Mark Bjork. Though trained classically, Erika loves exploring other types of music and enjoys jammin’, stompin’, and shakin’ in any setting: homegrown folk, fiddlin’, rockin’-and-a-rollin’, salsa, and jamming freestyle with other musicians. Currently, she maintains an active teaching studio in the Twin Cities, working with Suzuki students of all ages. In addition to teaching, she plays with Lux String Quartet, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and, most recently, Charanga Tropical, a Minneapolis-based salsa band. Loving both teaching and performing, Erika relishes the opportunity to meet different people and feels privileged to have her passion and her career blended together.