Ari Evan is a second-year Master of Music degree student at the Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Timothy Eddy. His studies are made possible by Juilliard’s generous J. Victor Monke and Beulah E. Monke Scholarship and the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship. Previously, he studied with Hans Jensen for his Bachelors of Music degree at Northwestern University, where he graduated with honors.
As an avid traveler, Ari’s performances have taken him across Europe and Asia. Last summer, he performed in Asia for the first time as a participant in the Kyoto International Music Festival, where he performed as part of a piano trio, orchestra, and a small ensemble comprised of students from some of Europe’s top conservatories. He also performed in Chicago as a fellow at the Ravinia Steans’ Music Institute. Previous music festivals attended include, the Apeldoorn International Masterclasses (with Gary Hoffman), East Carolina University’s Four Seasons-Winter Workshop, the Heifetz Institute, Juilliard’s ChamberFest, Kneisel Hall, the Lake George Music Festival, Meadowmount, the National Arts Centre’s Young Artists’ Programme, Orford Academy Masterclasses (with Laurence Lesser), and the Sarasota Music Festival. In the coming months, Ari will attend IMS’ Prussia Cove, the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop, and will return to Ravinia for a second summer.
Other notable appearances include a performance of the Barber Cello Concerto with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, and multiple appearances with New York’s own Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble. Ari’s participation in this ensemble involved community engagement performances at many middle schools across Brooklyn and Manhattan. A strong advocate for new music, Ari has performs regularly with AXIOM—one of Juilliard’s new music ensembles—and also played multiple times with Northwestern’s Contemporary Music Ensemble during his time in Chicago. His most recent AXIOM concert entailed a special collaboration with Esa-Pekka Salonen on his string quartet, Homunculus, culminating in a prestigious performance of this work in the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre as part of the Rolex Mentors and Protégé program.
A serious chamber musician, Ari has performed with artists including Atar Arad, Colin Carr, Nicholas Cords, Ara Gregorian, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Ani Kavafian. He is a founding member of the Bordone Quartet, participants in Juilliard’s Community Service Seminar, and Juilliard’s Honors Chamber Music program. Through this program, they had the opportunity to perform a recital in Alice Tully Hall, as well as multiple recitals in Mountain Lake, Orlando as part of a weeklong performance residency. The Bordone Quartet was also featured in Juilliard’s first-ever live-stream through Medici TV in a masterclass for David Finckel. In May, the Bordone Quartet will play a recital at the Greene Space, which will be broadcast live on WQXR. Also while at Juilliard, Ari has served as principal cellist of both the Juilliard Orchestra and the conductor-less Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, working with conductors Alan Gilbert, James Gaffigan, Nicholas McGegan, Jeffrey Milarsky, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Ari has had the opportunity to play in solo masterclasses for Steve Doane, Timothy Eddy, Lynn Harrell, Frans Helmerson, Desmond Hoebig, Gary Hoffman, Steven Isserlis, Marc Johnson, Ralph Kirshbaum, Joel Krosnick, Laurence Lesser, Jérôme Pernoo, and Brinton Smith. His competition accolades include first prize in the Thaviu String Competition and the Northwestern Concerto Competition, as well as semifinalist prizes in the Stulberg and Klein International Competitions.