Double bassist and composer Eva Kess, born in Berlin-Schöneberg, began her musical career as a child in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where she trained as a ballet and tap dancer. Upon returning to Europe, she continued as a classical pianist and dancer in Bern, and at the age of 17, discovered the double bass. Now residing in Bern, Eva Kess is an active performer who has played concerts in cities such as Bern, Basel, Zürich, Geneva, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, Zagreb, and Rio de Janeiro.
Eva expanded her horizons by composing for larger ensembles in the Composition and Theory master’s program at the University of Arts in Bern. She studied composition with Guillermo Klein, Django Bates, Bert Joris, Martin Streule, Frank Sikora, and Klaus Wagenleiter. Eva also studied jazz double bass in Bern with Patrice Moret and at the Music Academy of Basel with Bänz Oester, Larry Grenadier, Jorge Rossy, and Julio Baretto. She prepared at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern with Thomas Dürst. Her education is further enriched by countless masterclasses.
The Friedl Wald Scholarship enabled her to immerse herself in the music scene of New York City, and to take lessons with Larry Grenadier and Matt Penman. Eva Kess has recorded several albums featuring her music and has gained national as well as international recognition.