Erika Radermacher

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Erika Radermacher (born 16 April 1936) is a German pianist, soprano and composer.


Erika Radermacher was born in Eschweiler, near Aachen. She studied music with Else Schmitz-Gohr in Cologne, Bruno Seidlhofer in Vienna and voice with Sylvia Gähwiller in Zurich. After completing her studies, she performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe.

Radermaker married Urs Peter Schneider and settled in Bern and Biel, where she taught at the Conservatory of Music in Bern and sang as a soprano with the Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern. After 1970 she became more interested in composition.[1]

She works as a lecturer in piano at the Bern University of Arts and also teaches piano, theory and improvisation in Sofia, Bulgaria.[2]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Two prizes, BAT competition for new chamber music, 1982
  • Music Prize of the Canton of Bern, 1983 (with Schneider)
  • Prize of the German Culture Industry Group
  • First Prize in the Summer Academy in Salzburg
  • Beethoven Competition prize in Vienna
  • Mozart Prize in Dortmund
  • 1963 Austrian State Prize, 1963


Radermaker's work has been recorded and issued on CD, including:

  • Robert Walser in der Schweizer Musik (Musiques Suisses Nr. 6231, 2005) Artists: Schneider, Urs Peter; Rader, Erika
  • Historic Recordings 1968-1998, New Horizons Ensemble (music scene in Switzerland - Grammont Portrait No. CTS-M 76, 2002) Artists:

Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern

  • Urs Peter Schneider (Edition Wandelweiser Records No. 101, 2001) Artists: Schneider, Urs Peter; Rader, Erika
  • Im Innern das Zitat, Improvisationen (Deputy / asm / Records Unit No. 012 / UTR4132, 2000) Artists: Rader, Erika; Weber, Katharina[3]


  1. ^ Elley, Derek (1976). International music guide. ISBN 9780904208122. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Radermacher Erika". Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Discography". Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2010.

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