Erika Ohman

Born in Umea, Sweden, Erika started playing drum-kit at the age of nine, after having been told a few weeks earlier in her first and last ever trombone lesson that that was not the instrument for her. Her right arm was not long enough! A few years later she moved to Manchester with her family to begin at Chetham's School of Music. After leaving school Erika went on to continue studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she won the Zildjian percussion prize, and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. There the main focus was on contemporary music, percussion ensemble and other chamber groups.

In 2003 she started a duo - Umeduo - with her sister Karolina, a cellist. Finding repertoire for this rather unusual combination was not always easy, so friend and composer Luke Styles wrote them 'Kaire' in 2005. They also worked with Swedish composer Torbjorn Engstrom and have performed in Sweden, England and Switzerland.

After graduating in 2007 Erika has performed on a free-lance basis with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia, as well as trialing with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since 2008 Erika is member of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester. There she plays percussion as well as timpani. With the Hall_© she has appeared on the Proms, Edinburgh Festival and with rock-group Elbow, and toured South-America and Europe.