Eva Stegeman - violinist & artistic director

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The Dutch violinist Eva Stegeman (1971) studied with Davina van Wely at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she was awarded the M. Warsaw Chamber Music Award. In 1995 she was the 2nd prize winner at the National Oskar Back violin competition, performing the Beethoven concerto at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She has taken part in international seminars with great pedagogues such as György Sebök, Wiktor Liberman, Herman Krebbers, Boris Belkin and Lorrand Fenyves. For several years she was concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of Holland.

Stegeman presently is first concert master of the Deutsche Kammerakdemie Neuss am Rhein and principle violinist of the Doelen Ensemble in Rotterdam. With the European Union Chamber Orchestra she has worked as a director (leading from the first chair) since 2003. She regularly appears as a soloist with orchestras such as Sinfonia Rotterdam, the Orfeo Orchester Budapest, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss and the Bielefelder Symphoniker. She was concert master of Sinfonia Rotterdam from 2007 – 2012. In 2007, Stegeman lead and directed a series of full-staged performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Thansau, Germany. As concert master and director, she makes regular guest appearences with orchestras such as the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Casco Phil (Belgische Kamerfilharmonie), the Radio Kamer Filharmonie, and the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea).

As a chamber music player Stegeman is much in demand. With the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam (2002-2011), a close-knit ensemble specialising in music from 1600-1800, she has toured Europe, Japan, Mexico and South-America, and has taken part in many CD recordings as well as numerous radio broadcasts. She is founding member of the Cristofori Piano Quartet with whom she recorded piano quartets by Schumann and Beethoven. With the Leupold Trio (2003-2012) she recorded a CD with Italian baroque repertoire for the label Challenge Records. Stegeman is primarius of the Doelen Ensemble (contemporary repertoire) and a member of the Hortus Ensemble. With the ensemble Storytelling (violin, piano and moderator) she develops story-telling programmes (based on archive material) such as about the musical friendship of Edvard Grieg en Julius Röntgen and the adventurous musical life of the Swedish violinist and composer Amanda Maier.

Stegeman is founder (2003) and artistic director of the annual International Chamber Music Festival Den Haag. Under her direction the festival has established a reputation of high artistic quality, innovative programming and intimite festival-atmosphere. The festival celebrated its 10-year jubilee in September 2012.

Stegeman has been invited to perform at numerous international chamber music festivals such as in Germany (Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Fränkische Musiktage, Rheingau Musik Festival and festivo/Aschau in Chiemgau), Italy (Spoleto, Festival Emiglia Romagna, Ravello Festival), France (Festival Bach en Combrailles), England (Bath Music Festival), Estonia (Tallinn - Glasperlenspiel), Belgium (Festival de Wallonie and Flanders Festival) and the Gergiev Festival Rotterdam, Peter de Grote Festival Groningen, Hortus Festival and Grachtenfestival Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

Stegeman is teacher of chamber music at the Royal Conservatory The Hague and Codarts Rotterdam. She has appeared on the jury of the Josef Micka Violin Competition (Praag), the Prinses Christina Concours and Het Nationale Vioolconcours (Iordens Viooldagen).

Stegeman plays a G.B. Rogeri (Brescia) violin from around 1680.