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by Liz Maney

Eva Gertz was born in Boston, MA to a mosaicist and interior-designing mother, and a jazz bassist and music-teaching father. As a high-schooler, Eva had to "choose" between art and music, since all creative classes, aka electives, were scheduled at the same hour. Instead, she made a deal with her high school principal: so long as she upheld good grades, half of the week she could attend chorus, where she valued her role as piano accompanist, and the other half of the week she could attend art class, where her longing to express and create things was fulfilled.


Some years later, Eva discovered that music would satisfy most of her creative needs. She attended Berklee College of Music, earning a Bachelor's degree in Contemporary Writing and Production with a minor in Conducting. Her hard work and development as a composer and arranger led her to write for prestigious visiting artists at Berklee, such as film composer A.R. Rahman, Peruvian singer Susana Baca, and Spanish singer-songwriter Julio Iglesias. 


In addition to composing and arranging the music of others, Eva also invests her time into personal artistry and writing songs that evoke meaningful sentiments about human mentalities and the nature around us. She draws influences from revered folk artists including Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell and theatrical pop composers whose music she grew up with, such as Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Schwartz.


Eva continues to write and direct music, perform and accompany on piano, and immerse herself in creative communities and projects at every opportunity. She passionately teaches a wide array of students, and frequently performs either original music or entertains at piano bars. In her free time she enjoys expressive painting, sketching, and poetry. She discovered that one can be an artist simply by exploring how to live life to its fullest. Eva currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.