Eva Burmeister

Eva Burmeister began violin lessons at the age of 7 in Charlottesville, Virginia. At the age of 14, Ms. Burmeister relocated to Boston, Massachussettes to obtain more rigorous musical training at the New England Conservatory of Music and to study at Milton Academy. Ms. Burmeister later received a scholarship from The Juilliard School with Joel Smirnoff, 1st violinist in The Juilliard String Quartet. She simultaneously studied at Columbia University where she finished with an honors degree in Art History. After completing the Columbia/ Juilliard joint program, Ms. Burmeister continued on at Juilliard as a scholarship student where she received a Masters of Music in 1999.

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 für Musik in Leipzig, Germany. A few months later, Ms. Burmeister became the 1st American woman to win a position in the renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra where she was a member of the 1st violin section for 7 years. 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 and which records for the MDR label and frequently tours Europe.

In 2006, Ms. Burmeister returned to the United States and became an associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and a member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center. As a guest artist, she has toured with the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Burmeister loves to sail, play tennis, read, garden, and cook. Last summer she hiked over the Austrian Alps from Germany to Italy and looks forward to a similar hiking tour in the future.