A founding member of Cherish the Ladies, a nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, and the musical star of Riverdance, Eileen Ivers has played for Presidents and Royalty around the globe, and has also been a featured musician with the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, the Boston Pops, The Chieftains, Hall and Oates, Afrocelts, Patti Smith, Paula Cole, Al Di Meola, and Steve Gadd.
It is a rare and select grade of artists whose work is so boldly imaginative and clearly virtuosic that it alters the medium. Of Eileen Ivers, The Washington Post stated, “She suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle,” and the Post was neither the first nor last to suggest that the task of exploring the traditions and progression of the Celtic fiddle is on Eileen Ivers’ shoulders.
Called a “sensation” by Billboard magazine and “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times, Ivers’ recording credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores.
The daughter of Irish immigrants, Ivers grew up in the Bronx. She won nine All-Ireland fiddle championships, a tenth on tenor banjo and over 30 championship medals, making her one of the most awarded persons in the history of the prestigious competition.
After graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Mathematics from Iona College, Eileen immersed herself in studying the different genres of music she had heard growing up in New York.
In 1999 Ivers established the touring production, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, featuring a signature mix of African and Latin percussion and bass, Irish instrumentalists, and soulful American vocals. The L.A. Times proclaims, “Ivers’ presentation was music with the kind of life and spirit that come together when talented artists from different backgrounds find the linkages that connect all forms of music …no wonder the audience loved every minute.”
Eileen also regularly shares the stage with two of the world’s most celebrated violinists, classical virtuoso Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and jazz great Regina Carter, in the critically acclaimed ‘Fiddlers Three.’
ZETA Music, the world’s leading electric stringed instrument maker, has recently introduced the Eileen Ivers Signature Series blue violin.