Born London, 1972.
Music has always been a passion - the
first record Evan bought (age 7) was
of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, and
the first Prom he attended (age 10)
featured the music of Stockhausen. Years
later, tastes have widened and appreciation
of genuine musicianship has deepened
), though every performance
always carries the possibility of revealing
a new point of view.
At university he read art history (specialist
areas: Italian renaissance and modern
German art), before proceeding to complete
a Masters in Music Criticism under the
late Michael Oliver (of BBC Radio 3
and The Gramophone). Around this time
Evan studied singing (bass-baritone
voice) and became enthralled by the
possibility of conducting - though ultimately
both were left for others to follow
Evan travels widely in the pursuit
of art and music; his earlier career
as a lecturer in art history partially
enabled this through his lecturing on
European 'grand tours' each summer.
Of late, Romania has been a frequent
destination. His cultural guide to Bucharest
and other major Romanian cities remains
in fragmentary form, though he is convinced
there is a growing, if niche, market
for such a publication to become available.
Current musical interests include:
piano, violin and vocal music of most
schools, but particularly that of Eastern
Europe, with a special emphasis on the
music and musicians of Romania. Opera
remains an abiding passion, having caught
the bug early on. The past few years
have seen trips to Berlin and Cagliari
to attend productions of Enescu's opera
Oedipe, for example. Whilst his sense
of musical adventure remains wide, at
the heart of it lies devotion to the
He spends much time contemplating the
role of critics and function of criticism.
In essence he thinks that one should
criticise what one legitimately can,
and leave the rest alone. Any piece
of well written criticism should not
only analyse and justify the reasons
for the views it puts across, but simultaneously
inform (and even entertain) the reader.
It is a harder job to do well than it
may seem from the outside, but yes it
can also be good fun!