Eva Reiter was born in Vienna. She studied recorder and viola da gamba at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, graduating with honours in May 2001. From 2001 to 2005 she continued her recorder studies with Paul Leenhouts and Walter van Hauwe and her viol studies with Mieneke van der Velden at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She earned her bachelor’s degree in recorder in 2004 and in viola da gamba in 2005 (both with honours). Focussing on composition, Eva Reiter earned her master’s degrees “cum laude” in both instruments in 2006.
Since then Eva Reiter has been working as a freelance musician, composer, and lecturer in Vienna and is regularly invited by various festivals and schools to teach classes on Early Music.
In recent years Eva Reiter has focussed her attention on contemporary music, both as a composer and performer. Her compositions have won a number of awards, for instance the SKE “Publicity Prize” in 2006, the “Queen Marie José International Composition Prize” in 2008, grants of the City of Vienna (2008) and the Federal Chancellery for the Arts, the 2nd Prize in the International Composition Competition of the City of Gmünd, Carinthia (no first prize awarded), the “Start” stipend of the Federal Chancellery for the Arts, a working stipend at the “Akademie Schloss Solitude”. In 2009 her piece Alle Verbindungen gelten nur jetzt was one of the works selected for the Rostrum of Composers (IRC).
The composers she has collaborated with and whose works she has premiered include Fausto Romitelli, Paolo Pachini, Bernhard Gander, Burkhard Friedrich, Gerd Kühr, Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, Agostino di Scipio, Francesco Filidei, Claire-Mélanie Sinnhuber, Giorgio Klauer, Raphaël Cendo, Marco Momi and Christian Fennesz, among others. She currently not only plays with the trio Elastic3 (Eva Reiter/Tom Pauwels/Paolo Pachini) and the duo BAND (Eva Reiter/Yaron Deutsch) but also works intensively on various solo projects. In addition, she has also been a guest soloist with Klangforum Wien and Ictus Ensemble on several occasions.
Eva Reiter has performed her own works at the festival Transit in Leuven, in the generator concert series at the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Wien Modern festival, the ISCM World New Music Days in Stuttgart in 2006, and the festival Ars Musica 2007 in Brussels. In 2008 Jeunesse Wien in collaboration with the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) organised a portrait concert in the main studio of the ORF; in 2009 the Wien Modern festival featured the composer in “Fokus Eva Reiter”, which presented an overview of her work until now.
In addition to her manifold activities in the field of contemporary music Eva Reiter continues to dedicate much of her time to a number of Early Music projects. Here, too, she works as soloist, guest performer (e.g. with Nederlandse Bachvereeniging) and regular member of various groups (Ensemble Mikado, Le Badinage, Unidas). Eva Reiter also plays regularly as a soloist with orchestras, such as the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Moreover, she has participated in a number of CD productions. (Edition Wandelweiser Records, Channel Classics, ORF-Edition Alte music, Gramola). With Ensemble Mikado (Vienna) she won the IYAP award in August 2004.
She has played at national and international festivals, for instance Münchener Biennale, steirischer herbst and musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst Graz, Festival Unlimited Wels, Grabenfesttage Wien, Tage Alter music Berlin, Tage Alter music Regensburg, Wandelweiser, Cadenze Den Haag, and Wien Modern.