Internationally acclaimed pianist and Steinway Artist Eva Virsik has appeared to great success as a recitalist and orchestra soloist throughout Europe and the United States. Fanfare magazine described her as a "...imaginative, charming, and cultured musician and an instrumentalist of formidable skills," and Music Life magazine praised her "brilliance and poetry." In Europe, she performed in major cities throughout Germany, France, Austria, Russia, Greece, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. She enjoyed great success appearing with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lille, France, with several major orchestras in the Czech Republic, as well as all leading orchestras of Slovakia, including the Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the State Philharmonic Košice. In the United States she played her orchestra debut with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and she toured along the East Coast, including Portland, Boston, Washington, D.C. and New York City, where she debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2008.
In recent seasons she performed with orchestras in the United States and Europe, including return engagements such as with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, where her performance of Liszt's Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Tunes prompted renowned film music composer William Perry to select her for the performance of his Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra “The Beloved Rogue”. She was heard with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and conductor Toshiyuki Shimada in Chopin's Concerto No. 2, and last season returned there for a performance of Mozart's Concerto No. 19. Touring Europe, she dazzled audiences as a soloist with the Slovak Sinfonietta and conductor Oliver von Dohnányi, and in recitals at the Mozarthaus in Vienna and in the historic series at the Mirbach Palace in Bratislava. She was the featured artist at the 2014 Robert Schumann Festival in Elmira, New York, where direct descendants of Robert Schumann's family attended her performances. The 2016/2017 season's highlights include her return to New York City with a recital at the Steinway Hall, and a performance at the historic Woolsey Hall in New Haven, Connecticut, joining pianist Robert Blocker and the Yale Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 10 for two pianos.
Eva Virsik's latest album 'Piano Encores' recieved a rave review from the Washington Post critic Patrick Rucker in the classical magazine Fanfare. In 2010, 2012, and 2014, at events of the United Nations in New York, Eva Virsik performed for two consecutive presidents of Slovakia, her former homeland. She is also a frequent guest on radio and television networks including contributions to their permanent archives. She was heard on SWR radio in Germany, the Czech radio, and RTVS, the largest network in Slovakia. She performed live on WGBH radio in Boston on “Morning Pro Musica” as the featured guest of host Robert J. Lurtsema, and her live orchestra performances were televised via PBS and aired on the Maine Public Broadcasting and Connecticut Broadcasting networks.
Ms. Virsik has captivated audiences at international festivals such as the "Russian Winter," during a tour which brought her 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 Arkady Music Festival in Maine, USA, amongst others. She also collaborated with chamber groups such as the Portland String Quartet, DaPonte String Quartet, Maine Chamber Ensemble, and Slovak Chamber Orchestra among others.
A native of Bratislava, Slovakia, Eva Virsik appeared on Slovak Television at the age of four, and at age six she won her first competition. When she was eight, she played her first recital in Bratislava. At a young age, Eva Virsik won five first prizes in competitions. At fifteen, upon winning the Smetana competition, she played her orchestral debut with the West Czech Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Libor Pešek, and was featured at the Rudolfinum Hall in Prague and the Reduta Hall in Bratislava. She has also received a silver medal as a laureate of the Maria Callas Piano Competition in Athens, and holds a special Prize of the Czech Music Critics. She studied at Moscow State Conservatory with Stanislav Neuhaus and Yakov Zak, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. For many years she has devoted herself also to music pedagogy and has served on faculties at several universities including Frankfurt, Freiburg, Bratislava, New Haven, and Bowdoin College. She also appeared in recitals at many major music institutions throughout the world, including Yale University, and held master classes in Europe and the USA.
"Her gift for the 19th Century music Virsik proved in Papillons op. 2 by Robert Schumann...Working with the pedal, concentrating on the relationship between the voicing of piano texture, syncopated rhythm, and phrasing, she offered a well-knit fantasy image with internal contrasts...Liszt's arrangement of Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner, she delivered with impressive passion." Musical Life, Slovakia (2014)
"....imaginative, charming, and cultured musician and an instrumentalist of formidable skills." Fanfare Magazine, USA
"...intense emotional submerge, refined details, one of a kind creative atmosphere marked by technicalconfidence and ease, brilliance and poetry..." Music Life’ Magazine, Slovakia
"...The same finesse of finger technique that makes her Scarlatti so fresh is also evident throughout the ‘Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman’ Variations of Mozart, which showcases Virsik’s strong lyrical bent, as well as her keen intelligence and wit." Fanfare Magazine, 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
"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
"...magical sound of piano...an overwhelming impression." --Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Germany "...Virsik has a touch of poet in her interpretations of music..." --Central Square Times, USA
"...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 this interpretation." --Portland Press Herald, USA