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Eva Ding

EGGS alumna, Eva, fell in love with the flute at the age of 8 and has played with the Auckland Philharmonia, Auckland Chamber, Auckland Youth, and the University of Auckland Symphony orchestras. She has won several music competitions and received prestigious music scholarships in New Zealand and internationally.

Eva's love for playing the flute was nurtured at EGGS where she was involved in several music groups including Paradisum and Epsom Symphonia. Since then, she has played with various local and international ensembles including the Brooklyn Metro Chamber, Auckland Philharmonia, Auckland Chamber and Auckland Symphony orchestras. Eva had her New York concerto debut with the Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra in 2017.

An avid proponent of contemporary music, Eva gave a New Zealand premiere performance of Chinese-American composer Chen Yi’s “The Golden Flute” Concerto to a full house in Auckland Town Hall in 2016. In 2017, she was honoured with the title of Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Young Soloist of the Year.

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The school's spirit encourages students to pursue their dreams, to not be afraid to try different things and during my time there I felt so emboldened to grasp every opportunity possible! 
Eva Ding

Eva believes her education at EGGS, provided her with so many opportunities. It enabled her to try and discover the things she loves to do. She says "the school’s spirit encourages students to pursue their dreams and to not be afraid to try different things and during my time there I felt so emboldened to grasp every opportunity possible".

Eva is in her last stage of a Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, with the MSM President’s Scholarship and under the tutelage of Robert Langevin, Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic. Prior to this, she completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland.

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In pursuing your own passions don’t be afraid to divert from the crowd. Be unique, be creative, be bold and ambitious. 
Eva Ding
What are you currently doing?

I’m living and studying in Manhattan, New York. I just had my Masters graduation recital at the Manhattan School of Music where I presented pieces from different parts of the world I call home, this included New Zealand composer Helen Fisher’s “Te Tangi a Te Matui”. Currently, I am in preparation for the Fischoff Chamber Music competition which will take place in May. I am very excited to have been invited as a featured soloist in Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra’s May concert specifically celebrating women composers.

What does a regular day look like for you?

I attend various classes and coaching; practice my repertoire, scales, and etudes; and I participate in orchestra or chamber rehearsals. Every week, I take the subway down to Lincoln Centre to watch the New York Philharmonic’s open rehearsals or concerts, which my teacher plays in!

What’s your most favourite memory of your time as an EGGS student?

My fondest memory would be when we started a flute quartet – Concordia – comprising all EGGS musicians, and we competed in the Chamber Music New Zealand. We were thrilled to make it all the way to the national finals that year and for the following 3 years in a row. I even had the chance to go back after I graduated from EGGS to coach another iteration of Concordia! I really think my passion for chamber music was sparked by this experience.

What advice do you have for current students?

In pursuing your own passions don’t be afraid to divert from the crowd. Be unique, be creative, be bold and ambitious.

Describe EGGS in 5 words.

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