Eva Wetzel, born in Schleiz, Germany, began studying piano at age three and violin at age four. She was accepted into the pre-college program “Schumann Junior” at the Robert-Schumann- Hochschule Düsseldorf, where she studied with Prof. Ida Bieler. In 2013, Eva moved to the U.S. and graduated from the UNC School of the Arts High School program, majoring in violin performance. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UNC School of the Arts with Prof. Ida Bieler, and completed her Master’s degree at the Yale School of Music as a full scholarship recipient under the tutelage of Prof. Ani Kavafian in 2020.
Eva recently won 2nd price in the 2021 Llanes Musica International Violin Competition in Spain. After winning 1st price, as well as the audience award at the Rosen-Schaffel-Competition in 2017, she was invited to perform as a soloist with the EMF Festival Orchestra and conductor Gerard Schwarz in July 2018. Furthermore, she has given solo and chamber music recitals in Germany and the U.S., and has collaborated with the Vogtland Philharmonie Greiz-Reichenbach and the LJO Thüringen. She has attended the Carl Flesch Academy, the Mozarteum Summer Academy Salzburg, the International Mendelssohn Summer School Hamburg and the International Masterclass Kloster Schöntal, where she was able to receive inspiration by artists such as Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Prof. Kolja Blacher, Prof. Pierre Amoyal, and Prof. Christoph Schickedanz. She has received fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Sarasota Music Festival and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where she was able to work with conductors such as Ludovic Morlot, Vasily Petrenko, Robert Spano, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Jeffrey Kahane. Additionally, she was able to further her leadership skills as concertmaster or principal second violin of the Yale Opera Orchestra, the Sarasota Festival Orchestra, the RSB Academy Orchestra, the UNCSA Opera and Symphony Orchestra, as well as the HfMT Symphony Orchestra.
Eva is currently pursuing her Konzertexamen at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Prof. Tanja Becker-Bender. Since September 2021 she is an academist in the 1st violin section of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. She is playing a violin by Marc de Sterke from 2011.