Eva Wasserman-Margolis, was born on the island of Key West in the Florida Keys. There her inspiration for music began, singing outside her parent’s garden. They were her greatest inspiration. Her father, a concentration camp survivor, and her mother who was born in India, came to meet each other in The United States of America to make a home for their young family.
In 1980, Eva received her Master's Degree in Music Performance at the University of Illinois and in the same year secured the position of Principal Clarinet with the Haifa Symphony in Israel. Her interest in Musicology at Bar Ilan University introduced her to the world of music research and more specifically, to that of lesser known composers. Her main ambition was to perform and record many of these lesser known composers’ works. Eva's dedication as an instructor, established through the years a new generation of Israeli clarinetists who now study and perform throughout the world. They are her legacy.
Eva organized the first Israeli Clarinet Festival in 1998 and brought clarinetists of international renown to teach and perform in Israel. She served as the national chairperson for the International Clarinet Association in Israel and was the first clarinetist invited to represent Israel at the International Clarinet Festival in 1999, in Belgium, and 2005 in Japan. This was in part funded by the American-Israel Cultural Foundation. Her former student, Michal Beit-Halachmi, went on to perform at the ICA conference in Vancouver, Canada with Eva’s composition “The Generation of Hope.”
Eva's compositions consist of three unaccompanied solo pieces, The Generation of Hope, Ode to Odessa, and The WHISPERING CHILD. Her new works are CREATING, CREATED, CREATION for solo clarinet, GAMES OF THE SOUL (with piano), and NIGUN-LI (with piano). These last three works are a trilogy. They have a connection to each other.
Ms. Wasserman-Margolis was the main instructor of clarinet at the Conservatory in Givatayim from 1984-2019.
Biography taken from composer’s website.