Erika Fox was born in Vienna in 1936 and came to England as a war refugee. Her highly distinctive musical style is a result of a childhood suffused with music of Eastern European origin; Chassidic music, liturgical chant embellished with heterophony, modal ancient melodic lines that have much in common with the folk music of Eastern Europe. A prolific composer, she studied with Harrison Birtwistle and Jeremy Dale Roberts and has a catalogue of 52 works showing a natural affinity for the human voice, for theatre and the stage.
In the 1970s, she was actively involved with the Fires of London, the Nash Ensemble, Dartington and SPNM. Between 1974 and 1994 her works were regularly performed at London’s South Bank Centre, major festivals and have received broadcasts in the U.K. and abroad. ‘Shir’, for large ensemble was featured on Channel 4 Television. Fox’s critically acclaimed puppet opera, ‘The Bet’ (1990) received over 100 performances following a premiere at the Purcell Room. ‘Kaleidoscope’ won the 1983 Finzi Award and her chamber opera ‘The Dancer Hotoke’ was nominated for an Olivier Award. In 1990 Fox accopmanied John Cage to Paris and Strasbourg and took part in his ‘Europeras 1 and 2’ commissioned by the Almeida Festival.
Erika Fox has been commissioned by Festivals including Vale of Glamorgan, Cheltenham, Festival of Women Composers in Berlin and Amsterdam, Leamington, Almeida, Sonorities in Belfast. Her work has been performed by Lontano, New Music Players, Contrapuncti, Chamber Domaine, Gemini, Feinstein Quartet. Her music has been performed in Greece, Turkey, Canada, Italy, Slovakia.
Erika Fox is supported by PRS Foundation’s Composers’ Fund a new opportunity for classical composers with a strong track record, supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
‘Distinctive, uncompromising, theatrical…. Erika Fox is receiving her first major recording at the age of 82. This is a strong, striking and vividly theatrical voice…’ Robert Hugill (Planet Hugill) ★★★★
‘This is stunning! David Lefeber’s masterful new recording, a great acoustic, the excellent Goldfield Ensemble and Erika’s demanding, passionate and intense music make a great combination…brings 21st century life to this amazing music’ listener feedback via Amazon ★★★★★
‘An intriguing showcase…refreshingly unusual…exotic and anti-harmonic, a ritual of untethered lines’ Sunday Times
In August 2019 Erika Fox will be the guest of the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. Her Hungarian Rhapsody will be given it’s U.S. Premiere under the baton of Thomas Adès on Friday 9 August. She’ll also be in conversation on Saturday 10 August and joining a panel discussion on Thursday 8 August