Born in Berlin (Germany) Eva Beneke began her studies at the Berlin University of Arts with Prof. Martin Rennert. Her success there led her to the Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar to study with Prof. Thomas Müller-Pering, one of Germany’s most influential guitarists.
In 2012, Eva received a doctorate with honors from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles where she studied with Scott Tennant, Pepe Romero and jazz-guitar legend Bruce Forman.
In addition to prizes at international guitar festivals in The Netherlands, Italy and the U.S., Eva Beneke is an internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and published arranger. Her performances have been broadcast nationally and internationally on radio and television, such as NPR´s "Performance Today", KUSC and Minnesota Public Radio.
Highlights of her career include appearances with the German Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano, invitations to international music festivals in China, Peru, Germany, Luxembourg, Lithuania, the U.S. and Canada, and a live-televised performance with Carrie Underwood at the 2010 American Country Music Awards.
Her 2012 album "In Dulci Jubilo - A Classical Guitar Christmas" is a duo-collaboration with Grammy®-winning guitarist Scott Tennant (L.A.G.Q.). Her latest album is a collaboration with mezzo-soprano Nerea Berraondo and will be released in the Fall of 2016 with the acclaimed NAXOS label.
In the Fall of 2012, Eva Beneke joined the faculty at McNallySmith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota (USA), where she maintains an active guitar studio.