Born in 1975 into a family of musicians, Erika was accepted at the music academy in Cologne as prestudent with Prof. Gerhard Peters and went on to study in Karlsruhe with Prof. Ulf Hoelscher, in London at the Royal Academy of Music with Erich Gruenberg and finally in Vienna with Prof. Gerhard Schulz.
As chamber music was always her passion, in 1995 she founded the Fauré Quartett (piano quartet). Since then, the quartet enjoys a highly successful career , produced award winning records and has played in all major concert halls as well as various festivals around the globe, such as the Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival (Germany),Festival de Radio France Montpellier (France),Musikfestival Mecklenburg Vorpommern (Germany), Mänttä Music Festival (Finland),Martha Argerich Festival Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Enescu Festival Bukarest (Romania),as well as the main concerthalls such as Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin, Lincoln Center New York, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Toppan Hall Tokyo , Alte Oper Frankfurt and Snape Maltings Concert Hall Aldeburgh.
On various occasions, Erika Geldsetzer was invited as guest professor to teach at the Royal Academy of Music, London (England) where she is also an associate (ARAM) and also gives violin masterclasses in Cervo (Italy), Boszok Music Festival (Hungary) , AIMS Foundation Solsona (Spain) and at the Academy of Music and Dance Jerusalem (Israel) . Since 2014, Erika Geldsetzer has a teaching position at the Universität der Künste Berlin (University of the Arts, Berlin).
From 2009 until 2012 she taught at the german chamber music association “Villa Musica”, where she was also a member of the Ensemble Villa Musica as well as one of the founding members (2001) of the “String Quartett Villa Musica”. As part of the Fauré Quartett , which is also “Ensemble in Residence” in the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe (Music Academy Karlsruhe,Germany) she gives masterclasses regularly in Germany as well as abroad, for example in Melbu (Norway),Tulsa (USA), Manchester (England) and Bogotá (Colombia).
As a soloist, Erika is in great demand and played with orchestras such as the South West radio orchestra Germany (SWR),the University Orchestra Heidelberg, Landesjugendorchester Rheinland-Pfalz,the Bodensee chamber orchestra, the Capella Classica Betzdorf and the Philarmonia Romania. As well as the most famous violin concertos Erika enjoys playing the lesser known masterpieces such as violin concertos by Richard Strauss, Wolfgang Erich Korngold and Edward Elgar.
In 2011 she formed a duo together with the well known english pianist and conductor Ian Fountain. They have been invited regularly to play in major concert halls in Germany and abroad. Together with the world famous cellist David Geringas they branch out into the world of piano trio.
Erika is a regular guest on various chamber music festivals, where she played together with musicians such as David Geringas, Nicolaus Chumachenco, Ulf Hoelscher, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Miriam Contzen, Nils Mönkemayr, Marianna Shiriniyan and many more.