To hear Evelyn Huber on solo harp is an unforgettable experience in sound, passionate and fiery, meditative and ethereal at the same time. Inspired by tango, jazz, expressionism and the Latin American joie de vivre, she has developed a unique music style all her own, carried by her sunny temperament and dedication to her music
The recipient of the Bavarian Culture Prize and two-time winner of the Echo (with Quadro Nuevo) jams, hums, buzzes, whistles and swings on the harp, effortlessly allowing it to resonate with exquisitely woven melodies at a stunning pace. Flirtatious at times, it then seduces us with the most tender and angelic of strings.
With charm, technical perfection and boundless enthusiasm, Evelyn Huber draws an unprecedented range of soundscapes from this wonderful instrument.
Evelyn Huber studied harp with Helga Storck, graduating with a Master’s degree from the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Munich where she subsequently taught harp from 1998 to 2009. In 2007 she was appointed visiting professor at the Guildhall School of Music in London. Evelyn began early on to cross conventional musical boundaries, continuing to sound out the possibilities presented by the grand concert harp. Jazz workshops in the United States, concert activities with various ensembles around the world as well as her solo performances have made her a virtuoso in the genres of jazz and world music.
During her far-reaching career she has appeared on stage with the world-renowned Klezmer clarinettist Giora Feidman and toured Europe, Africa and Latin America with dulcimer virtuoso Rudi Zapf. In 1997 she joined with jazz saxophonist Mulo Francel to create a unique harp/saxophone duo, delighting audiences with an exciting mixture of jazzy rhythms, oriental arabesques, tango and bossa nova and the pure joy of improvisation. The extraordinary mastery of the harp with which she became known around the world has now been brought to the music of Quadro Nuevo, the group she joined in 2008. In 2010 and 2011, the ensemble was presented with the German Music Award in the category “Live Act of the Year”. Evelyn Huber has also been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the Bavarian Cultural Award and has been presented with the Jazz Award of the German Phonographic Industry a number of times. Numerous CD recordings with a wide variety of musical combos are evidence of the vast scope of Evelyn Huber’s unique artistry on the harp.
2011 Echo “Jazz / World Music, Best Live Act“ for Quadro Nuevo
2010 Echo “Jazz / World Music, Best Live Act“ for Quadro Nuevo
2009 Bavarian Cultural Award
2007 Creole Audience Award in Nuremberg for “Lauschgold“
2006 JAZZ AWARD of the German Phonographic Industry “Tango Lyrico“
2002 Hallertau Cabaret Award with Mulo Francel for “Tango Lyrico“
2002 Bavarian Poets Award for “Zapf’nstreich“
1998 The “Green Wanninger“ for the band Zapf’nStreich
since 1996 scholarship recipient / Scholarship Foundation
1996 Garching cabaret Mask for “Zapf’nstreich“
1996 Rotary Advancement Prize für solo harp programme
1995 3rd Preis at the International Jazz Harp Competition, Tucson/ Arizona/ USA
1989 Tollwood cabaret prize for solo harp
Böblinger Zeitung: “... and then for the musical surprise of the evening: Evelyn Huber takes her place behind the harp. The music flows and swings. We don’t normally expect to hear something like this from a harp!
Trostberger Tagblatt: “Thanks to her technical perfection, superb technique, immense musicality and, above all, her obsession with rhythm, the harp reaches unexpected heights of expression under Evelyn Huber’s creative fingers.