Erica Piccotti graduated summa cum laude at age fourteen from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory. She studied at the Hochschule der Künste Bern and Walter Stauffer Academy, and now studies at the Kronberg Academy. She won first prizes at the Premio Nazionale delle Arti, Jugend Musiziert, and Antonio Janigro competitions, among others. A participant in major international festivals such as Chigiana and Spoleto, she has performed as soloist worldwide and was awarded by the Italian president in 2013. She plays a Francesco Ruggeri cello (Cremona, 1692), kindly provided by the Fondazione Micheli di Milano.