Chamber Olympic Artist 2019
Evan Hjort | violin
Born and raised in the Seattle area, twenty-year-old violinist Evan Hjort is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, as a student of Amy Schwartz Moretti, Robert McDuffie, and David Kim. Evan is also a Presidential Scholarship and Stamps Foundation Scholarship recipient at Mercer University. As a soloist, Evan has appeared with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic, Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, Sammamish Symphony, and Philharmonia Northwest among other American orchestras. Over the 2019/2020 season, Evan will complete his two-year cycle of J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin in recital venues across the country. A passionate chamber musician, Evan is a two-time guest artist at the Rome Chamber Music Festival and maintained a chamber music residency at Classical Tahoe in 2018. He is also an alumnus of the Sarasota Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, and the award-winning Pike Street Quartet. Evan is an enthusiastic proponent of contemporary music and frequently champions the work of living composers alongside traditional repertoire. Evan is also an accomplished orchestral musician and has performed across China and Europe, as concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States. Recently, he has served as concertmaster of the Rome Chamber Music Festival Ensemble and was selected as the youngest member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Evan has been privileged to perform alongside acclaimed musicians such as Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Jamie Laredo, Emmanuel Ax, and Augustin Hadelich and has performed in Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts.