Eva was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, and began playing the violin at the age of three. In 1998 she was offered a place to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music in Surrey where she was taught by Maciej Rakowski.
Throughout her time at the school she gave numerous performances as a soloist and chamber musician at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, Fairfield Hall & the Barbican Centre, and began performing with various orchestras throughout the UK and Europe.
She is also a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music where she was awarded numerous prizes for solo performances as well as chamber music. In 2010, she graduated from the college with an International Artist Diploma in Solo Performance.
Eva recently appeared as a soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican performing Max Richter’s to a sold out audience. She has also performed various concertos with other acclaimed orchestras such as the Manchester Camerata, Odense Symphony Orchestra and the celand Symphony Orchestra.
Recently a Nordic Soloist Prize finalist, Eva is also a prize winner in numerous International Violin Competitions including the 3rd prize as well as the Audience Prize in the prestigious International Carl Nielsen Violin Competition in 2012.
Whilst pursuing her solo career, Eva currently holds the position of Principal 2nd at the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester.
Eva plays on an 1845 Joseph Rocca violin, previously owned by the great Alfredo Campoli. Eva is the perfect choice for an evening concert - varying fro a 20 minute showcase to a full evening recital
...Eva had the most beautiful and pure tone, and incredible technique. The fastest runs were so even and clear that it was admirable. Her interpretation was also filled with emotion, exactly in the spirit of the romantic style Max Bruch so embodies. There was something so taking with the way Eva shared the work with the audience. Her playing was passionate but completely without pretence. She did not feel the need to swing herself back and forth or throw her arms in the air to show people that she was completely in control of the music. Her stage presence was beautifully understated and sincere and never over the top. The outcome was amazing; it is clear that Eva is one of the nations most accomplished soloists.Review from Eva’s recent performance of Max Bruch Concerto no. 1 with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra at Harpa, Reykjavík - JÓNAS SEN, FRÉTTABLAÐIÐ - HARPA REVIEW 5*
At the heart of Memoryhouse’s haunting cinerama, are those mournfully repeating string melodies, where cellist Paul Grennan and violinist Eva Thorarinsdottir steal the show. Her note-perfect, near-frantic arpeggios of ‘November’ soar around the Barbican amphitheatre.Eva recently performed the violin solos from Max Richter’s ‘Memoryhouse’ with the BBC Symphony Orchestra to a sold out audience at the Barbican - LINE OF BEST FIT - BARBICAN REVIEW
Eva proved an excellent violinist, one of whom I would like to hear much more. Both she and Lee exhibited impressive virtuosity in Die drei Zigeuner. There was also a fine display of rhythmic freedom from Eva, who throughout beguiled with rich, generous tone.The Wigmore Hall Concert with cellist Joris van den Berg and pianist Tristan Lee received a standing ovation from the audience and collected fantastic reviews - Mark Berry, Royal Holloway - WIGMORE HALL REVIEW
To enquire about booking Eva for an appearance at your event, be it for a couple of showpieces, a 20 minute showcase or a full 40 minute recital, please get in touch using the form.
Eva travels internationally from her home in Manchester - travel costs will be calculated on an individual basis.
Eva performs either with piano accompaniment or chamber orchestra. Let us know your requirements and we will send you a quote.
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