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Pianist Eva Virsik has appeared internationally as an orchestra soloist and recitalist throughout Europe and
the United States, highlighted by her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008 and her performances to sold-out houses
with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and a tour with Orchestre
National de Lille. In the season 2011/12 Eva Virsik appeared as a soloist with the Slovak Sinfonietta, the
Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Southern Finger Lakes in New York, and
among many recitals she was heard in Washington D.C. and Hartford, Connecticut. She played a recital at
the Mozarthaus Vienna, which added to her earlier collection of performances in composer's houses such as
the Bedřich Smetana House in Prague and the Robert Schumann Haus in Zwickau.
In addition to her success with orchestras in the Czech Republic and all major orchestras in her native
Slovakia, notably the Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, State Chamber Orchestra,
State Philharmonic Kosice, and Slovak Sinfonietta, she has performed with many other distinguished
orchestras and chamber ensembles in the world. She has performed in many music centers, notably in New
York, Washington D.C., Boston, Hartford, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Mainz, Hamburg, Augsburg,
Stuttgart, Göttingen, Zwickau, Leipzig, Vienna, Dijon, Lille, Boulogne, Moscow, Murmansk, Prague,
Bratislava, Athens, and many other cities throughout the world.
Miss Virsik's orchestra and solo performances include festivals such as the "Russian Winter" on tour
throughout Russia, Bratislava Music Festival "BHS" in Slovakia, the Festival of Contemporary Music "Berolina
Concerts" in Germany, Arkady Music Festival in Maine, USA, and many others. She appeared also on radio
and television networks in USA, Slovakia and France, recorded for the archives of the SWR in Germany,
Slovak and Czech Radio, and performed a live recital at the WGBH Radio in Boston as a featured guest in
"Morning Pro Musica". Her live orchestra performances were broadcasted in the United States on the Maine
Public Broadcasting Network, Connecticut Public Radio, and on television network PBS. Her latest CD album
"Piano Encores" received in 2011 a rave review in the classical magazine "Fanfare".
At age of sixteen, Eva Virsik was already winner of seven first prizes in competitions and held a special Prize
of the Czech Music Critics. She later received a silver medal as a laureate of the Maria Callas Piano
Competition in Athens, and more recently, she was one of only four finalists selected internationally for the
Simone Belsky Prize (USA). In 2010 and 2012 she was honored to perform for the president of Slovakia,
Ivan Gašparovič during his visits to the United Nations in New York. She was also given a special recognition
from the Slovak-American Cultural Center in New York for her cultural contributions in representing her
Eva Virsik appeared in recitals at many music institutions, including the Music Universities in Frankfurt,
Mainz, Hamburg and Berlin in Germany, including the Leopold Mozart Conservatory in Augsburg, the
Conservatory in Archangel in Russia, the Academy of Music in Prague, the Portland Conservatory of Music,
Bowdoin College and the Yale University in USA, and they represent also her extensive activity as music
pedadogue. Starting at the Academy of Music and Drama in Bratislava, she was the youngest assistant
professor appointed in the school's history. Later, besides holding master classes in Europe and the USA,
she also served on faculties at Bowdoin College, University of New Haven, and in Germany at Hochschule
für Musik in Frankfurt and Freiburg.
Eva Virsik was born in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she became known as a child prodigy. She appeared on
Bratislava Television at the age of four. From the age of five, she composed her own music ('I Have Music',
Keyart Productions 2002, USA) and at age six, she won her first competition. When she was eight, she
played her first full recital in Bratislava. The Slovak Ministry of Culture granted special permission to the
Bratislava Conservatory to enroll her as a student at age eleven, an event never seen there previously.
Three years later, she won the First Prize at the international competition "Virtuosi per Musica di
Pianoforte", and at fifteen, she won the First Prize at the international Smetana Competition, being the
youngest contestant, and bringing this trophy for the first time to Slovakia. During the competition she
played her orchestral debut with the West Czech Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Libor
Pešek, and as a winner, she also performed at the renown Rudolfinum Hall in Prague and in the Reduta Hall
in Bratislava. She graduated from her studies in Bratislava two years early and went on to study with Yakov
Zak and Stanislav Neuhaus at the State Conservatory in Moscow. Completing there also postgradual
studies, she earned Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Eva Virsik is a Steinway Artist.
FROM THE CRITICAL ACCLAIM
"...the Chopin piano concerto and its romantic waterfall of notes, played by pianist Eva Virsik with delicate
grace...Her bravura, understated performance brought the crowd to its feet...as the standing ovation
continued for several minutes."
--The Day, USA (2012)
"…If her Ravel is colorful and sophisticated, her Rachmaninov playing, exquisitely balanced, restrained, yet
never less than poetic, is even more impressive…"
--Fanfare Magazine, USA (2011)
"...intense emotional submerge, refined details, one of a kind creative atmosphere marked by technical
confidence and ease, brilliance and poetry..."
--Music Life’ Magazine, Slovakia
"...magical sound of piano...an overwhelming impression."
--Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Germany
"...As for the Beethoven Concerto No. 1, played by Eva Virsik...things picked up, and this sprightly
performance was rewarded by standing ovation. Virsik's playing has a crystalline character that lent itself to
--Portland Press Herald, USA
"once again she showed how flawlessly she can depict the haunting poignancy with her delicate touch…The
piece held the audience spellbound with its rippling imagery."
--Journal Tribune, USA
"in Schumann’s ‘Kreisleriana’…she demonstrated extraordinary degree of control, imagination and immense
manual power…Yet it was in the supremely difficult ‘Gaspard de la Nuit’ by Maurice Ravel, where she was
able to show her true virtuosity…in spite of the innate difficulty of the work, Virsik was in her element, with
alternating phrases of sparkling clarity interspersed with typical Ravel glazed, underwater-water-like
passages. It was truly a superb piece of artistry."
--Maine Times, USA