Eva Maria Pollerus
Born near the Austrian city of Graz, harpsichordist Eva Maria Pollerus loves and lives for the diversity that music and her instrument provide – as a soloist, continuo player, chamber and orchestral musician, ensemble leader, university professor and masterclass tutor, in contexts with other arts such as literature, in academic exchange, on excursions with other historical keyboard instruments, on her many travels to rehearsals, festivals and concerts, in communicating with audiences, recording CDs, sharing experiences with her family and on other adventures besides.
All of this inspires her music as equally as her musical training on the piano and harpsichord at the universities of Graz and Vienna (where she graduated with distinctions, Mag.a art.), her extensive experience of concerts and competitions from a young age, playing on original historical keyboard instruments, numerous masterclasses, a love of diverse musical styles including “non-early” music etc. Her greatest formative influences were her postgraduate studies in harpsichord, basso continuo and historical performance practice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and a momentous encounter with Jesper Christensen.
Her playing can be heard on many recordings and radio broadcasts. Most recently she made the first ever recording of Gottlieb Muffat’s 1736 edition of G F Handel’s solo harpsichord suites under German label Cavalli Records (2009), as well as the CD “Jupiter, Magnet und Terz – Musik um Kaiser Ferdinand III.” (2012) featuring music by Frohberger, W Ebner and Ferdinand III, some of which was recorded for the first time.
Alongside her active solo concert career, in recent years she has worked intensively with her ensemble, Musicke’s Pleasure Garden (Graz-Basel), which in 2015 released a recording of J Paisible’s complete recorder sonatas together with recorder player Michael Hell (under paladino) as well as a CD of CPE Bach’s flute sonatas with Katalin Horvath and Thomas Platzgummer (under TyxArt).
In addition, she has been and remains a regular guest of numerous other baroque ensembles and orchestras (e.g. ecreationBAROCK, Pera Ensemble, Freiburger Barockorchester, Camerata argentea, Harmoniae suavitas, Freitagsakademie Bern and Cappella Accademica Frankfurt; working with J Savall, M Hofstetter, Kristin von der Goltz and others) and gives many masterclasses (including at Janáček Academy Brno, Stiftung Michaelstein, Weikersheim Palace, Baroque Week at HfMDK Frankfurt, Academy of Music in Łodz and the ASPECTE Masterclasses at Kapfenburg Castle).
Following her first appointment as a professor of harpsichord and performance practice at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, where from 2005 to 2011 she worked as the youngest institute director of any Austrian university, she has been an enthusiastic professor of harpsichord and basso continuo at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts since 2012.