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. I have had the pleasure to perform various world premieres of contemporary music, such as new piece by Oscar Bettison, with the Netherlands-based ensemble Asko|Schönberg. Next to that, I started DUO Kirsti & Eva with violinist Kirsti Apajalathi, to perform modern pieces for our unusual combination of instruments.
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!
August 10 | Ensemble Mattiacis “L’Ormindo” by F. Cavalli, led by Thomas de Vries 21:00, Metropol, Berlin (DE)
August 11 | Ensemble Mattiacis “L’Ormindo” by F. Cavalli, led by Thomas de Vries 21:00, Bürgerplatz Schöneberg, Berlin (DE)
September 9 | ASKO|Schönberg World premiere of “The Light of Lesser Days” by Oscar Bettison at the Gaudeamus Festival. 20:30, TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht (NL)
September 9 | ASKO|Schönberg New pieces by S. Haddad and G. Tanaka at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek. 22:15, TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht (NL)
September 16 | ASKO|Schönberg “The Light of Lesser Days” by Oscar Bettison 20:15, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Amsterdam (NL)
September 25 | Solo Performance at the vernissage of artist Lena Miller, with poetry by Pauline Füg. 11:00, Stadtkirche Schwabach, (DE)
October 15 | Solo Performance at “Oasen Orten” time tbd, Kulturscheune, Langenzehn (DE)
November 12 | Bremer Barockorchester “Bachs Träume” program with Stéphanie Paulet tbd, Unser Lieben Frauen, Bremen (DE)
July 18 | Johannes Leertouwer & Friends “Summer Strings” with soloist Ties Mellema 16:00, Openluchttheater Elsrijk, Amstelveen (NL)
July 17 | Johannes Leertouwer & Friends “Summer Strings” with soloist Ties Mellema 16:00, Stadsschouwburg, Leiden (NL)
July 16 | Wonderfeel Festival Orchestra XS With Johannes Leertouwer and soloist Ties Mellema 10:00, Wonderfeel Festival, ‘s-Gravenland (NL)
July 10 | DUO Kirsti & Eva “Away from Home” 19:30, Buiksloterkerk, Amsterdam (NL)
July 9 | DUO Kirsti & Eva “Away from Home” 19:30, Woudkapel, Bilthoven (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 work as a freelance double bassist and violone player across Europe. 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.
On the modern double bass, I love playing modern and contemporary music. I have had the pleasure to perform various world premieres of contemporary music, such as the opera “The Light of Lesser Days” by Oscar Bettison, with the Netherlands-based ensemble Asko|Schönberg in September 2021. Other contemporary music I performed is, among others, the opera “Agreed” by Howard Moody; the music theatre production “Die besseren Wälder” by Dominik Vogl. Next to that, I started DUO Kirsti & Eva with violinist Kirsti Apajalathi, to perform modern pieces for our unusual combination of instruments.
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.
On the modern bass I received masterclasses from world-class bassists such as Joel Quarrington, Jeff Bradetich, Edicson Ruiz and James Oesi.
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.
The local newspaper Vierklank wrote a review of our concert in Bilthoven on July 9th, 2021. OPEN Rotterdam made a short video item of our backyard concerts in Rotterdam on April 28th, 2021. Both were part of our latest project, “Away from Home” for which we received funding from the Dutch Performing Arts Fund.
A live performance of the famous finnish tango “Täysikuu” by Valto Tynnilä and arranged by Kirsti. Tango has been part of the cultural heritage of Finland since the start of the 20th century.
This melody “horse race” from China is traditionally played on erhu, a chinese violin but Kirsti made an arrangement for our duo.
Both videos have been recorded on July 10th, 2021 in the Buiksloterkerk in Amsterdam.
Reinhold Glière – Suite op. 39, Prelude. with Kirsti Apajalahti Recorded 31.08.2019 in Shelley’s beautiful parlour in Rotterdam.
Radio broadcast of the world premiere of the opera installation “The Light of Lesser Days” by Oscar Bettison.