iris vaneck cello"I'm very pleased to be part of the only real South Florida Symphony... an orchestra with a proven track record! The Symphony of the Americas has been around for years! Please come and check it out!" Biography
Iris van Eck was born in the Netherlands to an artist painter (father) and a piano teacher (mother). She had studied flute for 5 years with the famous Dutch flutist Abbie de Quant when she fell in love with the cello…  Ignoring everyone’s advice, she borrowed a cello from a friend and started playing… first without a teacher… After only 2 years of playing she was admitted to the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she studied first with René van Ast and later with Jean Decroos (principal cellist in the Concertgebouw orchestra) In the same year that she entered the Conservatory for cello, she became the winner of the Edith Stein Concours on flute and was invited to play the Chaminade concertino for flute and orchestra as a soloist with the Residentie Orchestra (The Hague Philharmonic).  A few years later, when she started to play cello professionally in the same orchestra, she was asked how her sister’s flute playing was… After obtaining her soloist diploma at the Conservatory she moved to the United States where she studied with the legendary cellist Raya Garbousova who was teaching at Northern Illinois University. There she won the concerto competition and appeared as a soloist in the same concert with famous pianist Claude Frank. Ms van Eck participated in master classes with Paul and Maude Tortellier, William Pleeth, Lyn Harrell, Misha Maiski, Jeffrey Solow, Joseph Gingold, the Guarneri Quartet and the Vermeer quartet. She is the founder of the very successful “Chameleon Chamber Music Series at the Leiser Opera Center” www.chameleonmusicians.org and was principal cellist for the Florida Grand Opera. She has appeared as soloist with various orchestras in the United States & in Europe, and is frequently heard on the chamber music circuit in South Florida and abroad. Future engagements will include chamber music concerts in The Netherlands, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Spain and Estonia. Currently she serves as principal cellist for Symphony of the Americas. Iris van Eck’s recording, “Works for cello & Piano by Women Composers” (Henriette Bosmans, Louise Farrenc and Rebecca Clarke) is released under the Eroica label:  www.eroica.com
She forms a cello/piano duo with pianist Kemal Gekic www.kemalgekic.com , who’s playing has been acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike. Their recording of works for cello and piano by Fauré is available through www.gamamedialc.com  
A recording of the three Reger solo suites for cello is in the editing stages. As illustrated by the press, a performance in which Ms van Eck participates is truly a very special experience:
“matching sonic power and vivid musical personalities”- “daredevil verve and precision”- “a wealth of instrumental coloration”- “ warmly expressive delineation… making child's play of tricky rhythms”-“superbly burnished tone”- “ richly communicative interpretation”-.” She embraced the composer’s sublimely noble melodic thread in the central Adagio, phrasing with aristocratic flexibility”- “van Eck played the gorgeous cello solos with crystalline musicianship and fervent, heated intensity of utterance” -“a fine player with a considerable technique who produces a focused, intense tone color”- “van Eck's rich cello sound ignited the fiercely intense coda”- “van Eck’s deeply felt playing, warm tonal sheen, and high octane intensity are a real musical knockout”
“van Eck’s superb Chameleon series features some of South Florida’s best chamber musicians playing rarely heard repertoire in the wonderfully intimate setting of the Josephine Leiser Opera Center in Ft. Lauderdale” From reviews of some of Florida Grand Opera and Classical Orchestra’s performances:
“The rich, deep tones of Iris van Eck’s cello waxed poignantly in this orchestral vignette…”- “A beautiful cello accompaniment was heard by Iris Van Eck to Amina's last but one aria, ‘Gran Dio, non mirar Il mio pianto’ “- “An expressive cello solo by Iris Van Eck launched Weber's Invitation to the Dance….” She plays a beautiful French cello made by Bernardel “Pere” in 1831

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