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Erin Furbee

Erin Furbee joined the Oregon Symphony as assistant concertmaster in 2001. Prior to her arrival in Portland, she was a member of the Colorado and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. Originally from the Chicago area, Erin began studying the violin at age four with Rebecca Sandrok; she also studied with George Perlman and Betty Lambert. Erin attended the University of Michigan, received her B.M. from Rice University, and attended the graduate school of the University of Minnesota. Her main teachers include Camilla Wicks, Raphael Fliegal, Jacob Krachmalnick, and Roland and Almita Vamos. She has performed as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Southeast Iowa Symphony, the Chintimini Music Festival Orchestra, and performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Yaroslavl (Russia) Philharmonic Orchestra.

Erin developed a passion for tango music after hearing the music of the great Astor Piazzolla. While in Denver, she co-founded the tango group Extasis and traveled various times to Buenos Aires in order to work and study with top tango musicians, including Jose Bragato, Piazzolla’s cellist and arranger. In 2001, Erin formed Tango Pacifico, a band which specializes in the music of Piazzolla.