Eva Bindere

Eva Bindere (1974) is a violinist – a chamber musician and a soloist. She was born in Riga, Latvia, in a well-known family of musicians.

As a young girl Eva took her first steps towards becoming a musician in Emils Darzins Special Music College (Emīla Dārziņa Speciālā mūzikas vidusskola) and then moved forward to do her Bachelor’s degree in Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music (Jāzepa Vītola Latvijas Mūzikas akadēmija) with teachers Anete Zvaigzne, Uldis Sprudzs and Andris Baumanis. It was the autumn of 1997 when she was awarded a scholarship to study with Eduard Schmieder in Dallas, USA for a year.

Having finished her studies in Riga, she became a student in the City of Basel Music Academy (Musikakademie der Stadt Basel), Switzerland, where she took part in a chamber music course led by Walter Levin and Hatto Bayerle and was a student of the renowned French violinist Raphael Oleg. Eva graduated in 2003.

Eva has been a member of Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, however, in 1997, when Gidon Kremer announced an audition for a new chamber orchestra, Eva auditioned and since then was the first violin of Kremerata Baltica for 15 years until 2012. She has performed with Kremerata Baltica almost everywhere in the world, many times as a soloist and as a duo partner with Gidon Kremer. The CD ”After Mozart” with Eva being a soloist received a Grammy award. Eva has performed as a soloist with virtually all orchestras in Latvia, she records for Latvian Radio on a regular basis and founded a string quartet named „Euphonia” together with her colleagues from Kremerata in 2004. They received the highest award in Latvia in the field of classical music – The Great Music Award (Lielā Mūzikas balva) (2006).
Eva has always had a special love for chamber music, she has had great opportunities to play together with such artists as violinists Pierre Amoyal, Renaud Capucon, Lukas Hagen, Boris Garlitsky, violists Maxim Rysanov, Antoine Tamestit, Wolfram Christ, Veronika Hagen, Gerard Causse, Vladimir Mendelssohn, cellists Yo-Yo Ma, Clemens Hagen, Gautier Capucon, Mario Brunello and Boris Pergamenschikov, pianists Katia Skanavi, Martin Statfeld, Martin Helmchen, Katrine Gislinge, Leif Uve Andsnes and Alexander Melnikov.
In 2008 Eva joined the string faculty in Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga. She has since become one of the associated professors and is also a beloved lecturer. She is giving regular masterclasses in Latvia and abroad as well (Schloss Pommersfelden, Germany, where she belongs to the board of teachers for a fourth time, Jarvi String Academy in Estonia). Eva has been a jury member of Andrea Postacchini Violin Competition 2016 in Fermo, Italy.
Eva has been invited to perform as a guest-leader of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Roman Kofman personally invited her to lead Kremerata Baltica and Kiev Chamber Orchestra on a project they made together. She has been the leader of similar projects involving Kremerata and other chamber orchestras like Moscow Soloists, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Basler Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Bern, Suedwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, and she also led Sinfonietta Basel on their Japan collaboration tour with Theater Basel performing Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in 2013. Eva is regularly playing with The Russian Virtuosi of Europe led by the professor of the Royal Academy of London – violinist Yuri Zhislin. Recently Eva has been asked to lead the orchestra for the world famous conducting course led by Maestro Paavo Jarvi in Tallinn, Estonia.
In the 2013/2014 season Eva performed the Latvian premieres of Magnus Lindberg’s Violin Concerto and Kurt Weill’s Violin Concerto as a soloist in her native city Riga, Latvia. She also gave the first performance in Latvia of Sir John Tavener’s The Ikon of Eros for solo violin and soprano with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming performances this year include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Kremerata Baltica during the festival Gidon Kremer has founded in Latvia, Dzintari, recital and a Beethoven Violin Concerto in Stadthalle Erlangen, Germany. Eva is invited for the 4th time to take part in Paavo Jarvi’s Estonian Festival Orchestra in Pärnu, Estonia, to perform chamber music and teach as well. Concerts played with Evas Latvian collegues residing in London in Great Britain and Ireland representing Latvia to European Parliament have grown into an established piano trio with the LPO cello concert master Latvian cellist Kristina Blaumane and pianist Reinis Zarins. Upcoming performances recently included the newly-established trio’s presentation at the world famous composers’ Peteris Vasks chamber music festival in Riga and a concert in Cesis, Latvia, where trio presented themselves under a new name- Trio Palladio. In the spring of 2016 Latvian National Symphony orchestra provided 3 presentation concerts in all three capitals of Baltic states for the first time – Eva played L. van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto under the baton of the orchestra’s chief conductor Andris Poga. In March 2017 Eva was honoured to receive the Great Music Award of Latvia.