Artshare University of Iowa | Cello and Double Bass Recital
RICHARDS graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2018, where she studied with Nicholas Trygstad. In November 2018, Eva performed Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor with the Ulster Orchestra in the final of the Flax Trust Music Awards, for which she was awarded the audience prize. Eva performed in the Wigmore Hall in November 2017 in the final of the Irish Heritage competition. Eva was selected to participate in the 2017/18 Ulster Orchestra Professional Experience Scheme as well as the 2018 RTE National Symphony Orchestra Mentoring Scheme. She has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. Eva also has a keen interest in chamber music and was awarded a ‘Playing for Peace’ Scholarship to the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire. She has had masterclasses with Alisa Weilerstein, Paul Watkins, Karine Georgian, Steven Doane and studied with Andrès Díaz as part of the 2016 Camerata Ireland Academy at Clandeboye Festival. In 2013 Eva was the winner of the Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year Competition.
She is currently pursuing her MA in Cello Performance with Anthony Arnone at the University of Iowa.
A musician of varied interests, Ferkey has performed has performed around the Midwest in a variety of musical genres ranging from jazz, orchestral, and chamber music to musical theater, rock, and metal.
As a native of central Wisconsin, Ferkey pursued undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with professor David Story. As a member of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Symphony Orchestra and UWSP Wind Ensemble, Ferkey has performed with acclaimed musicians such as percussionist Evelyn Glennie, David Taylor, and the late David Maslanka.
Ferkey has recently participated as a semi-finalist in the 2018 BassEurope Solo Competition in Italy. In 2017 Ferkey became the first bassist to win the Alice Peet Faust Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Giovanni Bottesini’s Concerto in B minor with the UWSP Symphony Orchestra. Ferkey was also named a semi-finalist in the 2017 Classics Alive Young Artist Competition and in 2016 received an honorable mention in the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition.
Ferkey is currently completing a masters degree in double bass performance at the University of Iowa under the tuition of professor Volkan Orhon, and has pursued additional studies with Jeff Bradetich, Joel Quarrington, and Petru Iuga. Named an Ambassador of the Doublestop Foundation in 2018, Ferkey performs on a Lorenzo Carcassi model bass violin built by Barrie Kolstein (c.2000), a loan made possible with the generous support of Matthew Way.