EVA SOLTES is a prolific performing arts producer, dancer, and documentarian, who has championed the work of gifted artists and underserved art forms for decades.
She is the Founder/ Director of Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology, a residency/performance program based in the late Lou Harrison’s straw bale retreat in Joshua Tree, California. Soltes enjoyed a multi-faceted personal and professional relationship with Lou Harrison that spanned nearly 30 years. During that time she developed a large body of media on the composer, culminating in her featurelength documentary, LOU HARRISON: A World of Music, which has been called “wizardly” (SF Chronicle) and “affecting” (The New Yorker).
Other highlights of Soltes’ career include producing Sound Design in Media, the first national conference on the creative use of sound in media at Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Ranch, with John Cage as Keynote Speaker and Academy Award-winning sound designer Randy Thom and Radio Drama producer Erik Bauresfeld as hosts. Previously she was Concert Director of 1750 Arch Concerts in Berkeley, California, where with Music Director Tom Buckner she presented over 800 performances and hosted more than 100 live radio broadcasts with composers and musicians from around the world.
As a dancer Soltes specializes in Bharatanatyam, classical dance of South India, having trained for decades with the late legendary South Indian artist T. Balasaraswati. In 2014/15 Soltes was a visiting teacher at the Balasaraswati Institute of Music and Dance in Chennai, and in 2016 she was invited to dance at the Madras Music Academy in a performance celebrating Bala’s 98th birthday.