Eva Casado Ariza
Violin Teaching Artist
Dr. Eva Casado Ariza, is an awarded multi-instrumentalist, conductor, and singer from Barcelona, Spain. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance with a Cognate in Instrumental Conducting.
Dr. Casado Ariza began her music studies at five years old. At age twelve, she developed a severe type of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that forced her to be in bed for six years. She then became the first person who ever earned a professional degree while playing violin in bed. She also prompted a law in Catalonia improving the situation of people with disabilities in artistic degrees—which was finally approved by the Parliament in November 2013.
She graduated from the “Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña” in Barcelona and West Virginia University. She later earned her Master Degree in Violin and Conducting at the University of Florida, always with outstanding achievement.
She is a winner of the 2018 VSA International Young Soloist Competition, and awarded the most important fellowship of Spain, delivered by the King and Queen of Spain in person. She is also winner of the South Beach Jazz Award and funder and soloist-conductor of the Miami Diamond Chamber Orchestra.
She worked as a conductor of professional orchestras and director-conductor of student orchestras since 2015. She studied under the mentorship of acclaimed Maestros such as Antoni Ros Marbà (former conductor of Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra RTVE), Salvador Brotons (music director and conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), and Gerard Schwarz (music director and conductor of the Palm Beach Symphony).
She is committed to using her expertise to help students with disabilities. For that purpose, she dedicated her nine years at university to develop recognized scholarly work presented at Yale University and, in the future, at the College Music Society’s conferences in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. She was also a Senator of the Graduate Student Association, chair of the Music & Arts Committee, and member of the Student Coalition on Disabilities at the University of Miami.
Dr. Casado Ariza has performed as a soloist at internationally recognized venues. These include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL.