Born on the island of Key West in the Florida Keys, Eva Wasserman-Margolis began to study clarinet at the age of 13. After finishing her Master Degree in Music Performance (1980) at the University of Illinois, she secured, at the age of 23, the position of principal clarinet with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel. While in Israel, she studied musicology at Bar Ilan University. She has focused on introducing audiences to performances and recordings of music of lesser-known composers in ensembles and solo works. She has recorded for composer Sara Feigin and finished a recording project of rare music for two clarinets and piano with Luigi Magistrelli. She has also been dedicated to raising a new generation of young clarinet players. They now study and perform all over the world.
Eva was Principal Instructor at the Music Center in Tel Aviv, and presently holds the position of Main Instructor at the Conservatory of Givatayim and Petah Tiqwa. She also serves on the Pedagogue Committee at the Conservatory in Givatayim. Eva organized the first Israeli International Clarinet Festival in 1998 and brought clarinetists of international renown to both teach and perform in Israel. She serves as the National Chairperson for the International Clarinet Association in Israel, and was the first clarinetist to represent Israel at the International Clarinet Festival held in 1999 in Belgium. Wasserman-Margolis has appeared or been invited as a performer and/or clinician to the USA, Switzerland, Hungary, Portugal, Odessa, Belgium, Finland and the Ukraine. In 2004, she has been invited to perform in the International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival in Changchun City, China, partially sponsored by the Mnistry of Foreign Affairs in Israel, was praised by Jilin College of the Arts. She was one of five international performers and the only woman to receive an honorary professorship for her performance. In 2005 she is invited to perform and teach at the International Clarinet Festival, Clarinet Fest 2005, Tama City, Japan (http://www.cl-fest2005.jp/). She is sponsored by America-Israel Cultural Foundation, MusT (London) and Or-Tav Publications. OR-TAV Music Publications has published her music and books: Learning Clarinet the Artistic Way, the first clarinet method book published in Hebrew. Her other work was a best seller, Time for Tone which is published in five languages. These books are based on the premise that young clarinetists must develop a fine tone technique from the very beginning. Her work for solo clarinet, The Generation of Hope, has been arranged for A clarinet and string orchestra by Anatoly Davidenko, and is available as a rental score. Her most recent composition is Ode to Odessa for solo clarinet. Her CD “Two Clarinets and Piano: Original Music from Finland, Malta, Israel and points in between,” a collaboration with Clarinetist Luigi Magistrelli and Pianist Claudia Bracco, was recently released on the Leonarda label (www.leonarda.com). Ms. Wasserman-Margolis holds the position of main instructor at the Conservatory of Givatayim and Petach Tiqwa. She also serves on the Pedagogue Committee at the Conservatory in Givatayim. “Eva Wasserman-Margolis has quickly established herself as a superb teacher and forward thinking pedagogue, both inside Israel and abroad. Her young students in the Tel Aviv area are some of the finest performers in this age group, anywhere in the world.” according to Howard Klug, Professor of Clarinet, Indiana University School of Music.