Born in East-Berlin, Eva Beneke began her studies at the Berlin University of Arts with Prof. Martin Rennert. Her success there led her to the Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar to study with Prof. Thomas Müller-Pering, one of Germany’s most influential guitarists.
In 2012, Eva received a doctorate with honors from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where she studied with Scott Tennant, Pepe Romero and jazz-guitar legend Bruce Forman.
In addition to prizes at international guitar festivals in The Netherlands, Italy and the U.S., Eva Beneke is an internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and published arranger. Her performances have been broadcast nationally and internationally on radio and television, such as NPR´s "Performance Today".
Highlights of her career include appearances with the German Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano, invitations to international music festivals in Peru, Germany, Lithuania, the U.S. and Canada, and a live performance with Carrie Underwood at the 2010 American Country Music Awards. Here latest CD "In Dulci Jubilo - A Classical Guitar Christmas" is a duo-collaboration with Grammy-winning guitarist Scott Tennant (L.A.G.Q.).
In the Fall of 2012, Eva Beneke joined the faculty at McNallySmith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota (USA)
“Eva Beneke next took the stage and took us in an entirely different direction and new heights. She captured the profundity and the joy of Bach in two of her own transcriptions of his music for solo violin and cello, and then poured her heart into one of her own compositions. She is a musician to be reckoned with and we will hear more from her in the future.”
Brantford Expositor, 9. February 2012
"Eva Beneke ́s transcriptions and performances of Bach's magnificent music are presented as if Bach had written them for the guitar. Beautiful recording. Bravo." Pepe Romero, classical guitar virtuoso (Spain/ USA)
"There are not many CDs which come my way for review where, once the review has been written, the disc gets played again, it just gets put in the record collection with hundreds of others. I think "Coming Home" will be different ... it earns a place on my 'special' shelf which contains all the recordings which stand out from the rest and get played time and time again. "
Steve Marsh, reviewer Classical Guitar magazine, 15. Sept. 2010 (UK)