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Evelyn Estava



Violinist Evelyn Estava has earned recognition as one of the top performing artists in her native Venezuela. She has made many guest soloist appearances with orchestras in North and South America, including the Mexico State Symphony, the Simón Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Falcón.

At age 15, Ms Estava became a member of the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, the crowning jewel of that country’s celebrated music education program “El Sistema." With this orchestra she toured Latin America and Europe. Later she won the Associate Concertmaster position in the Orquesta Filarmónica Nacional, where she was also the first violinist of that orchestra's string sextet. Ms. Estava completed her musical studies at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory in Caracas, where she was a student of Ramón Román and José Francisco Del Castillo. She has studied chamber music with Josef Gingold, Philip Setzer, Lawrence Dutton and Arnold Steinhardt, and performed for six years at the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, where she was a scholarship student and assistant of Margaret Pardee. She has also played in Master Classes for Augustin Dumay, Olivier Charlier, Ruggiero Ricci, Eugene Fodor, Neil Weintrob, Massimo Paris, and Henryk Szeryng, and has made further studies with Joey Corpus and Stefan Kamilarov.

Apart from her busy solo, orchestra, and quartet performing schedule, Ms. Estava has also distinguished herself as a chamber music coach and violin clinician, and in these capacities, she has taught Master Classes and coachings across the United States and Venezuela.

Ms. Estava performs regularly with the Harrisburg Symphony, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the NJ Festival Orchestra. She currently serves as concertmaster of the Plainfield Symphony and the Central Jersey Symphony, and is the first violinist of the Madison String Quartet. With this group, she has released a CD Life is a Dream/Music of the Americas. As winner of the Artists International Special Presentation Award, Ms. Estava made her New York debut in 2005 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

“Evelyn Estava is one of the greatest violinists I have ever worked with, both as an extraordinary soloist and a consummate leader. Her passion, musicianship, and commitment to the music are incomparable with any musician I have ever worked with.”    - Charles Prince, conductor

“Solid and Powerful interpretation of the Bartok 2nd violin concerto”   - David Wroe, conductor

“Special mention to Evelyn Estava’s gorgeous tone, which explored all possible nuances”  
- Win Pusey, Mount Desert Islander

“Prodigious violinist Evelyn Estava, whose technical excellence is only surpassed by her dotes as enchanting serenader”  - Kitty Montgomery, Rhinebeck Daily Freeman

“Violinist Evelyn Estava negotiated her difficult passages with delicacy and effect”  - Christopher Kenniff, Classical NJ Society

“Hearing Evelyn play, one is immediately impressed both by her total command of the violin and her refreshing knowledge of and attention to musical structure.”   - Samuel Thompson,