Dr. Art. Dzintra Erliha (1981) studied at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Professor Arnis Zandmanis’ piano class. In 2013 she received her Doctor of Arts degree with a thesis about the biographical context, style and interpretation of Lūcija Garūta’s chamber music. 

She is winner of several international competitions, among them 1st prize at the ROMA-1997 in Italy, 3rd prize at the Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey international piano competition in Canada (1998) and 1st prize in the Nicolai Rubinstein international piano competition in France (1999). 

Erliha has continued her studies in Canada with the notable Latvian / Canadian pianist Arturs Ozoliņš. She has also participated in international masterclasses with famous professors Lazar Berman, Barry Douglas, Victor Eresko, Igor Lazko, Philippe Giusiano, Birgitta Wollenweber, Zhu Xiao-Mei, Oleg Mantur, Muza Rubackyte, Aldona Dvarionaite and others. 

She has performed in Latvia as well as USA, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Iceland, France, Finland, Poland, Ukraine and elsewhere. 

On February 4, 2023 she performed solo concert at famous Salle Cortot, Paris, France. On February 9, 2024 was her solo concert - debut at Carnegie Hall, New York, USA: https://www.carnegiehall.org/calendar/2024/02/09/dzintra-erliha-piano-0800pm

Her CD releases includes: 

  • CD ZVAIGZNES SKATIENS / Regard de l'etoile (2008; piano solo music by Lūcija Garūta and Olivier Messiaen) 
  • CD  FALLEGUR DAGUR / BEAUTIFUL DAY (2008; music by composer Ragnar Kristinn Kristjanson; published in Iceland)
  • CD  KVĒLOT, LIESMOT, SADEGT (2010; decidated to L.Garūta`s vocal and instrumental chamber music)
  • In collaboration with Ziedot.lv CD AR SILTU SIRDI / WARMHEARTED was produced in 2018 featuring world famous opera star Maija Kovalevska, Latvian National Opera soloist Krišjānis Norvelis and pianist Dzintra Erliha, performing to chamber music scores of Latvian composers. Proceeds from the CD were donated to benefit children in need.

  • CD TILTS PĀR JŪRĀM / THE BRIDGE ACROSS THE SEAS (2010; chamber music by Latvian and Canadian composers; with mecosopran Vilma Indra Vitols (www.vilmavitols.com, published in Canada)
  • CD CITĀDAS KRĀSAS / OTHER COLOURS (2017) includes Latvian chamber music for flute and piano Ilona Meija (flute), Dzintra Erliha (piano)

  • CD SHADOW GAMES IN THE RIVER (2021) inculdes chamber music by Latvian composers for flute, cello and piano; Ilona Meija (flute), Ivars Bezprozvanovs (cello), Dzintra Erliha (piano)
    • CD SERENA (2023) released by recording company PRIMA CLASSIC (www.primaclassic.com) includes works for piano by American and Latvian women composers of the 21st century: Leanna Primiani, Sharon Farber, Lolita Ritmanis, Dace Aperāne, Ilona Breģe, Mārīte Dombrovska, Sabīne Ķezbere