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Biography
Internationally acclaimed pianist and Steinway Artist Eva Virsik has appeared as a recitalist and orchestra soloist throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia. In Europe he performed in major cities throughout Germany, France, Austria, Russia, Greece, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia with such orchestras as the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in Germany, the National Orchestra of Lille, France, major orchestras in the Czech Republic and all leading orchestras of Slovakia, including the Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the State Philharmonic Košice. In the United States, she has toured along the East Coast, including Portland, Boston, Washington, D.C. and New York City, where she debuted at Carnegie Hall. Her performances in Asia started with Turkey and a recital in Ankara, and continued with her debut in Seoul, South Korea (2018). Her appearances at international festivals include the "Russian Winter," a tour that spanned north of the Arctic Circle, the Festival of Contemporary Music "Berolina Concerts" in Germany, the Bratislava Music Festival "BHS" in Slovakia, the summer festival in Karlsbad, Czech Republic, and the Lindenbaum Festival in South Korea. Eva Virsik recorded for permanent archives and was heard live on radio and television networks such as SWR (ARD) radio in Germany, including a Berlin Radio live broadcast from the Robert Schumann house in Zwickau, as well as the Czech radio and RTVS, the largest network in Slovakia. In the United States she performed live on WGBH radio in Boston in “Morning Pro Musica”, and her orchestra performances were aired via PBS on the Maine Public Broadcasting and Connecticut Broadcasting networks. Her latest album Piano Encores received a rave review from the Washington Post critic Patrick Rucker in the classical magazine Fanfare. The recent highlights include also Virsik’s performances in Europe with the Slovak Sinfonietta and conductor Oliver von Dohnányi, and recitals at the Mozarthaus in Vienna and the historic Mirbach Palace series in Bratislava. In the United States she appeared in a return engagement with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, she was the featured artist at the Robert Schumann Festival in Elmira, New York, and at events of the United Nations in New York, she performed for President Ivan Gašparovic, and President Andrej Kiska, the two consecutive heads of the state of Slovakia, her former homeland. Eva Virsik was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, where she became known as child prodigy, debuting on Slovak Television at the age of four, performing also her own compositions, and winning first prizes at numerous youth competitions. Upon winning at age fifteen the first prize at the international Smetana Competition, she played her orchestra debut with West Czech Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Libor Pešek, and was featured at the Rudolfinum Hall in Prague and the Reduta Hall in Bratislava. She studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished pianists Yakov Zak and Stanislav Neuhaus, where she completed eight years of study and earned Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She is also a silver medal laureate of the Maria Callas Piano Competition in Athens, Greece. Eva Virsik has taught at German Music Universities in Frankfurt and Freiburg, the Bratislava Academy in Slovakia, at Bowdoin College, and the University of New Haven. She appeared in recitals at many major music institutions, and held master classes and piano courses in Europe, Asia, and in the United States. This biography should not be edited without permission from Keyart Productions. October 2018
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