Eva Burmeister

Eva Burmeister was appointed to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2012. From 1999-2006 Ms. Burmeister was a member of the renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Germany and from 2006-2012 she was an associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City. Ms. Burmeister is currently a member of the Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, a position she has held since 2007.

Ms. Burmeister began violin lessons at the age of 7 in Charlottesville, Virginia and later relocated to Boston, Massachussettes to study at Milton Academy and to obtain more rigorous musical training at the New England Conservatory of Music. Ms. Burmeister holds a BA in Art History from Columbia University and a BA and MM from The Juilliard School.

While in the Columbia/Juilliard program, Ms. Burmeister was one of the concertmasters of the Juilliard Orchestra and a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble for contemporary music. She also received the prestigious Morse Fellowship which trains young artists to teach classical music in low-income communities in the New York City Public School System.

Ms. Burmeister received an orchestral fellowship for 4 summers at the Aspen Music Festival where she played as principal 2nd violin of the Aspen Chamber Symphony and was the 1st recipient of the Time Warner Prize for Excellence in the Arts. In winter of 1999, Aspen selected Ms. Burmeister as the Artist-in-Residence for an exchange to Katsuyama, Japan where she performed and taught school children in Japan.

In 1999, The Juilliard School awarded Ms. Burmeister the Citibank Scholarship, a prize founded by Kurt Masur for one year of study at the Hochschule f├╝r Musik in Leipzig, Germany. A few months later, Ms. Burmeister became the 1st American woman to win a position in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. While living in Germany, Ms. Burmeister played as a frequent guest artist with Ensemble Modern, a contemporary ensemble based in Frankfurt as well as with the Neuisches Bachisches Collegium, a conducterless group specializing in Baroque music. Ms. Burmeister was also a member of the Leipziger Sinfonietta, a 13-member ensemble specializing in contemporary music, which records for the MDR label and frequently tours Europe.