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.
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!
July 16 | Wonderfeel Festival Orchestra XS With Johannes Leertouwer and soloist Ties Mellema 10:00, Wonderfeel Festival, ‘s-Gravenland (NL)
July 17 | Johannes Leertouwer & Friends “Summer Strings” with soloist Ties Mellema 16:00, Stadsschouwburg, Leiden (NL)
July 18 | Johannes Leertouwer & Friends “Summer Strings” with soloist Ties Mellema 16:00, Openluchttheater Elsrijk, Amstelveen (NL)
September 9 | AskoSchönberg Ensemble World premiere of “The Light of Lesser Days” by Oscar Bettison at the at Gaudeamus Festival. 20:15, TivoliVredenberg, Utrecht (NL)
September 16 | AskoSchönberg Ensemble “The Light of Lesser Days” by Oscar Bettison 20:15, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Amsterdam (NL)
April 28 | DUO Kirsti & Eva “Away from Home” backyard concerts in times of a pandemic. 15:00 – 18:00, around the Pijnackerplein, Rotterdam (NL)
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)
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
OPEN Rotterdam made a video of our backyard concerts in Rotterdam. This part of our latest project, for which we received funding from the Dutch Performing Arts Fund 28.04.2021, Rotterdam
Reinhold Glière – Suite op. 39, Prelude. with Kirsti Apajalahti Recorded 31.08.2019 in Shelley’s beautiful parlour in Rotterdam.
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Marin Alsop, conductor
Vaughan Williams – Variations on a theme by Thomas Tallis Brahms – Ein Deutsches Requiem