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Spotlight on Evija Ozolins

January 21, 2019

She’s Palm Beach symphony’s concertmaster, principal violin, and one of only two Palm Beach Symphony musicians performing in all five of this season’s masterworks and all three chamber music concerts. Meet Evija Ozolins!

Evija Ozolins  is concertmaster for Palm Beach Symphony, assistant concertmaster for Florida Grand Opera, and a member of Bergonzi String Quartet.

Born in Riga, Latvia, Ozolins is a third-generation musician in a family of professional musicians. She began playing piano at age four and violin at age five. She was educated in Riga at the Emils Darzins Academy of Music and, in 1991, was accepted as a scholarship student at the Mannes College of Music in New York City where she studied with renowned violinists Aaron Rosand and David Nadien.

Ozolins has given solo recitals in many U.S. cities, including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, as well as in Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe. She has recorded as a soloist with Maureen McGovern, Brian Lane Green, and others. Her name appears on many commercial recordings and movie soundtracks. She also performs in numerous Broadway shows, most recently Motown, Little Mermaid and Phantom of the Opera in New York City. Ozolins currently plays on a 1782 Antonio Gragnani violin.

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