My name is Eva Ding – I’m a Shanghai-born, Auckland-raised, and New York-based flutist, performer, and multi-disciplinary artist. Often humorously likened to an inflatable tube man onstage because of my enthusiasm, passion, and physicality, all I ever wants to do is imbue in my audience the same sense of joy and richness the performing arts brings to me. I most recently gave an online talk and performance for Crushing The Myth – a TED-talk-styled Asian-American speaker series. However, my most interesting gig to date, has to have been when I was the opening musical number for pro-wrestler, Orange Cassidy, at an Independent Wrestling TV Match. I made her concerto debut when I was 14 at the Meet in Beijing Festival and my New York concerto debut in 2017 with the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra.
I have a varied knowledge of not only classical flute playing but also musicianship, artistry, contemporary/21st-century classical and crossover music, and ensemble playing – having recently received the Ensemble Forward from Chamber Music America – and I hope to be able to impart that onto others.
From my time under the tutelage of Robert Langevin at the Manhattan School of Music, I’ve come to really understand and respect structure and technical prowess so my lessons will always involve some form of scales and etudes. However, I also know that most importantly music making should be full of joy and passion so I’m always flexible to the student’s needs.
The chamber groups I’ve coached have gone on to win regional and national awards and I hope to be able to help my individual students achieve great heights too!