photo by Heather McGrath
Violist Eve Boltax is an active performer, teacher, and teaching artist in the Boston area. She is a founding member of the saxophone and viola duo, patchtax.
Notable events from her 2017 season include: being awarded grants from the Boston Foundation/Barr Foundation and the New England Foundation for theArts; a solo performance at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall; a masterclass with Kim Kashkashian; performances with the Callithumpian Consort; and kick-off performances for Cardamom Quartet’s season of music by women and non-binary composers.
Her 2016 season included the release of patchtax’s debut album and performances with a variety of projects at the Center for New Music (San Francisco), Princeton University, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Flynn Theater (Burlington, Vermont), Opensound Concert series, and Mobius Gallery in Cambridge.
As a teaching artist, Eve worked from 2014-16 on an ArtScience investigation with TERC, the Boston Arts Academy, and the Broad Institute. She has trained as a teaching artist at Lincoln Center Education and the Longy School of Music of Bard College. As assistant-principal violist of the Vermont Community Education Lab Orchestra, she has performed with world-renowned percussionist, Evelyn Glennie. She currently works with the Classroom Cantatas program.
Eve was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre during the winter of 2016 for the “Concert as Theatre” program where she worked with Johnny Gandelsman, Phyllis Chen, Pedja Muzijevic, Maira Kalman, John Heginbotham, and Daniel Pettrow. During the summer of 2016, she was in residence at Avaloch Farm on two separate occasions with both the Cardamom Quartet and patchtax. Eve’s 2015 season included residencies at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming, and Avaloch Farm in Boscawen, New Hampshire as well as a Suzuki Book 2 teacher training course at the Hartt School of Music with James Hutchins.
Eve has performed as principal violist with Boston’s Symphony Nova, the Banff Festival Orchestra, and the Longy Conservatory Orchestra. She can be heard performing with a number of orchestras including the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the New Bedford Symphony. She is a core member of the Equillibrium Ensemble and she also performs regularly with the classical period instrument orchestra, Grand Harmonie.
Eve received her Master of Music degree at the Longy School of Music as a student of Dimitri Murrath and was the recipient of the President’s Award for Teaching Artistry. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she was a student of Elizabeth Chang and the recipient of the Julian Olevsky Scholarship and the 2010 Concerto Competition Winner. Eve has performed in masterclasses for Kim Kashkashian, Georg Frederic Haas, the Parker Quartet, the Borremeo Quartet, the Miró Quartet, the Emerson Quaret, Carol Rodland, Steve Dann, and Andrew Manze. Eve served as the manager of the Longy Conseratory Orchestra from 2012-2015. Eve’s projects have received funding from the Boston Foundation, the Barr Foundation, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. She is currently in training to become a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and teaches Suzuki violin and viola privately in Jamaica Plain.