Welcome to my website

I am Eva and I work as a freelance double bassist and violone player. I specialized in historically informed performance practise on period instruments for music from the Baroque period up to the late romantic era. The groups I perform with are mostly early music ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bremer Barockorchester, Música Temprana and de Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht. On the modern double bass, I love playing modern and contemporary music.

Thanks to a donation from the Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument, I could purchase a double bass from around 1890 to use for historically informed performances. Next to that, I am grateful to play a modern instrument from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation, made by Harry Jansen. 

Concerts season 2020/2021

A lot of my concerts have been cancelled due to the coronavirus measurements. However, I am happy to announce that the concerts listed below will most likely take (or have already taken) place and that the Performing Arts Funds NL has funded my own project with DUO Kirsti & Eva!

Upcoming

April 28 | DUO Kirsti & Eva
“Away from Home” backyard concerts in times of a pandemic.
15:00 – 18:00, around the Pijnackerplein, Rotterdam (NL)

April 29 | DUO Kirsti & Eva
“Away from Home”
20:00, Buiksloterkerk, Amsterdam (NL)

April 30 | DUO Kirsti & Eva
“Away from Home”
20:00, Woudkapel, Bilthoven (NL)

March 21 or June 5 | Ensemble La Favorita
“La Festa Teatrale”
Stichting Vrienden Kamermuziek
12:00 & 13:15, Azijnfabriek, Den Bosch (NL)


Past

December 24| Utrecht Company of Music
Christmas service.
Nicolaikerk, Utrecht (NL)
as livestream only!

December 6 | Camerata Franconia
“Romantik Pur” with Dorian Keilhack
19:00, Redoutensaal, Erlangen (DE)
as livestream only!

October 2 | Bremer Barockorchester
“Oboenkonzerte des Barock” with Alfredo Bernardini
19:00 & 21:00, Unser Lieben Frauen, Bremen (DE)

August 23 | DUO Kirsti & Eva
Modern and less modern music for violin and double bass.
15:00, Oosterkerk, Amsterdam (NL)

August 13 & 14 | Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester
G. F. de Majo – La Gara delle Grazie. Grachtenfestival,
Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam (NL)

March 8 | Bremer Barockorchester
J.S. Bach – B minor Mass
tba, Bremen (DE)

February 28 | Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester
tba, Gut Saathain, (DE)

February 13 | Bremer Barockorchester
with Dorothee Oberlinger
Telemann, Vivaldi, Marcello.
20:00, Unser Lieben Frauen, Bremen (DE)

January 25 & 26| Orquestra Barroca Vigo with Pedro Castro.
A. Marcello – oboe concerto,
G. Ph. Telemann – Overtüre for flute,
J.S. Bach – cantatas 84 & 202, with Magna Ferreira
20:00, Círculo de las Artes, Lugo
19:00, Auditorio Martín Códax, Vigo (SP)

January 12 | Ensemble La Favorita
Italians in Vienna: Melancholy vs. virtuosic firework,
as part of Kasteelconcerten
15:00, Kasteel Doddendael, (NL)

December 24| Utrecht Company of Music
Christmas service with choir music by Haendel and others.
Nicolaikerk, Utrecht (NL)

December 22 | Bremer Barockorchester
J.S. Bach – Weihnachtsoratorium
15:30 and 18:00, Banter Kirche, Wilhelmshaven (DE)

December 14 – 15 | Bremer Barockorchester
J.S. Bach – Weihnachtsoratorium cantata I, III, VI.
18:00, Unser Lieben Frauen, Bremen (DE)

December 8 | Bremer Barockorchester
C.Ph.E Bach – Magnificat; J.S. Bach – Orchestral Suite in D
18:00, Christuskirche, Bremerhaven (DE)

November 17| Duo Kirsti and Eva
Modern and less modern music for violin and double bass
16:00, Het Muzieklokaal, Utrecht (NL)

November 7 – 8 | Música Temprana
Latin American music from the baroque period, as part of the show Backer in Action.
20:00, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam (NL)

October 11 – 26 | Die besseren Wälder
Music theatre for 13+ on the book by Martin Baltscheit
19:30, Theater Pfütze, Nuremberg (DE)

October 5| Utrecht Company of Music
Music by Buxtehude, Pachelbel, Mendelssohn and others.
20:00, Dyonisiuskerk, Rijssen (NL)

September 22 | Bremer Barockorchester
Haendel – Messiah
19:00, Neumünster (DE)

September 16 | The New Dutch Academy
JET SET! Classical Glitterati – CD presentation
20:15, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (NL)

September 7 | Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Gluck – Orfeo
Enescu Festival
22:30, Romanian Athanaeum, Bucharest (RO)

September 6 | Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Gluck – Iphigénie en Tauride,
Enescu Festival
22:30, Romanian Athanaeum, Bucharest (RO)

About

I studied historical bass with Margaret Urquhart and received my Master’s degree in historical bass and violone in June 2018. In the same year, I started performing with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as part of their Experience Scheme, which has resulted in regular performances with them as a substitute player. Other early music ensembles I play with are the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, Música Temprana and the Bremer Barockorchester.

I was born (1988) and raised in Amsterdam and started violin lessons at the age of 6. I  had the privilege to attend a high school one block away from the Concertgebouw so I regularly attended concerts there as a teenager. My interest in the double bass started in my youth orchestra and at the age of 16, I switched from the first violins to the basses, where I felt much more in the right place. Nevertheless, I thought a musical career wouldn’t suit me since I was also interested in social and political studies, so I decided to study law at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. I was very lucky to meet Ying Lai Green, bassist from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom I had lessons for 4 years. Thanks to her support and encouragement, I not only got accepted for double bass studies but I also finished my bachelor’s degree in law.

During my studies in classical double bass with Quirijn van Regteren Altena (Utrecht Conservatory), I have received amazing lessons in historically informed performance practice from cellist Viola de Hoog, violinist Antoinette Lohmann and bassist and gambist Joshua Cheatham.  I love the combination of delivering strong emotional expressions and intellectual, historical knowledge. 

Next, to my growing career as a historical bassist, I love performing repertoire from the 20th and 21st century as well.  In the last two years, I received masterclasses from world-class bassists such as Joel Quarrington, Jeff Bradetich and Edicson Ruiz. Together with violinist Kirsti Apajalathi, I made and performed a duo program called ‘Baroque Violin Meets Double Bass’,  in which we focus on 20th-century repertoire for violin and double bass.

I am also a member of two young early music ensembles:
Ensemble La Favorita, which made a kick start in summer 2017 in the early music festivals in Brugge, Utrecht Fringe and IYAP Antwerp.
Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester, with which we won the Hofkapelle Preis for 2019 in the International ‘Gebrüder Graun’ Competition in Germany.

The modern double bass I play is a Gagliano model built by Harry Jansen in 2008, borrowed from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation. Thanks to a grant from the Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument, I could purchase a double bass from around 1890 to use for historical performances. In addition to these basses, I have several bows, including one orginal bow from around 1800, that fit the repertoire I play. During my studies , I have also received a small grant from the Adriana Jacoba Fund, for which I am very grateful.

Media and links

DUO Kirsti & Eva
Reinhold Glière – Suite op. 39, Prelude.

Next to our careers in the early music field, Kirsti and I share a love for modern and contemporary chamber music. This is our first video.

Recorded 31.08.2019 in Shelley’s beautiful place in Rotterdam.


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Marin Alsop, conductor

Vaughan Williams – Variations on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Brahms – Ein Deutsches Requiem

One of the most memorable concerts I played during my time in the OAE Experience Scheme.


http:// https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00013xd

Performed 11.11.2018 in the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Broadcasted by the BBC on 12.11.2018


Bremer Barockorchester


Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto in C major, RV 443, with Dorothee Oberlinger.

Recorded 13.02.2020 in the “Unser Lieben Frauen” Church in Bremen.


Georg Daniel Speer –
Musikalisch-Türckischer Eulenspiegel.

Recorded 29.05.2018 in the “Unser Lieben Frauen Church” Bremen.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Night Shift concert on 10.04.2018 at Conway Hall, London

W. A. Mozart – Horn concerto no. 1 – Rondo, with soloist Roger Montgomery

Double bass Quartet with James Oesi, Cody Takacs, Arjen Leendertz and myself.

M. Nyman – Knowing the Ropes

Arranged and recorded for VPRO Vrije Geluiden.

Ensemble La Favorita
Georg von Reutter – Sinfonia from La Betulia Liberata

Ensemble La Favorita
www.ensemblelafavorita.com

Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds
www.muziekinstrumentenfonds.nl

Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument
www.stichtingeigenmuziekinstrument.nl

Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester
www.dasneuemannheimerorchester.com