Tyler Duncan, Martha Guth and Erika Switzer

Thursday, July 27, 7:30 pm

Pre-concert talk at 6:40 pm

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, UVic

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Tyler Duncanbaritone
Martha Guthsoprano
Erika Switzerpiano

Robert Schumann (1810–1856): Dichterliebe

Andrew Staniland: Earthquakes and Islands

Martha Guth, soprano, Tyler Duncan, baritone, Erika Switzer, piano are fondly remembered by the VSMF audience for their remarkable 2014 festival appearance. The B.C. natives return to perform two song cycles: Dichterliebe (“A Poet’s Love”), Robert Schumann’s setting of the poetry of Heinrich Heine; and Andrew Staniland’s Earthqukes and Islands, a setting of the poetry of Robin Richardson. The latter was premiered by Martha, Tyler, and Erika in Brooklyn, New York, in May 2016.


Martha Guth has earned a reputation as an excellent collaborator with a passion for recital and chamber repertoire. Ms. Guth has sung under the batons of world-renowned conductors such as maestros Seiji Ozawa, Helmut Rilling, Robert Spano, and Richard Bradshaw.  Her concert soloist performances include performances with the Bach Akademie Orchestra, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Hamilton Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic. She is also known for her persuasive acting, performing with the Boston Midsummer Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, the Santa Fe Opera, New York’s Chelsea Opera, and opera companies of Graz, Austria, and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. She has been recorded live by the BBC in London, CBC radio/radio Canada and CBC Television and won the coveted first prize at the 2007 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London, U.K. Martha has a new podcast that she co-hosts with Pianist Erika Switzer, on classical song entitled ‘Sparks and Wiry Cries’. This podcast regularly features live and studio performances by the phenomenal colleagues that are active in this important art form. Martha grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds an undergraduate degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College/Conservatory of Music (CCM). Martha has been the recipient of several grants and awards, and the 1st place winner of many prestigious international competitions. She also carries the postgraduate ‘Meisterklasse’ degree from the Hochschule für Musik in Augsburg/Nürnberg, Germany , after receiving a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study with Edith Wiens.


Tyler Duncan has given acclaimed recitals in New York, Boston, and Paris, and throughout Canada, Germany, Sweden, France and South Africa along with pianist Erika Switzer. He holds music degrees from the University of British Columbia, Hochschule fur Musik (Augsburg), Germany, and Hochschule fur Musik und Theater (Munich), Germany. Mr. Duncan recently performed at the Metropolitan Opera as Prince Yamadori in Puccini’s Madam Butterfly. His other performances include the Spoleto Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, the Boston Early Music Festival, Pacific Opera Victoria, the Princeton Festival, the American Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Music Bach Choir, Oregan Bach Festival, the Calgary Philharmonic, San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque, Vancouver Early Music Fesival, and the Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestra. His performances in art song have earned him prizes from the Naumburg, Wigmore Hall (London) and ARD (Munich) Competitions. He was also winner of the 2010 Joy in Singing competition, the 2008 New York Oratorio Society Competition, 2007 Prix International Pro Musicis Award and the Bernard Diamant Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. He is also a founding member on the faculty of the Vancouver International Song Institute.


Erika Switzer is known for her brilliant and expressive playing and excellent collaborative skill. Ms. Switzer has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including New York’s Alice Tully Hall, the Frick Collection, 5 Boroughs Music Festival and Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall). Her European performances include the New Discoveries series in Baden-Baden Festspiele, the Winners & Masters concert series in Munich, Boston’s Longy Hall, and Paris’ Salle Cortot.  In her native Canada, she has performed at the Chamber Music Festivals of Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver. Ms. Switzer has been recorded by the CBC, Dutch Radio (Radio 4), SWR and the Bayerische Rundfunk in Germany, WQXR New York and WGBH Boston. She won First Prize for best pianist at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Best Pianist award at the Robert Schumann International Vocal Competition. Also a committed teacher, Erika is a founding faculty member of the Vancouver International Song Institute and co-director of its Contemporary Performance Studies program and is currently on faculty at Bard College and the Bard Conservatory of Music.  Erika is co-creator of the podcast of “Sparks and Wiry Cries”, with soprano Martha Guth, featuring live and recorded performances and discussions with singers, pianists and composers. She studied for seven years in Germany and completed her doctorate at the Juilliard School of Music