Evan Buttar – cello Evan Buttar started playing music at a young age in Vancouver, Canada. After completing a bachelor’s degree on modern cello at the University of Ottawa, 2014, he moved to the Netherlands to pursue a baroque cello master’s degree with Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. He graduated in 2016, and that same year started a second master’s study there on the viola da gamba with Mieneke van der Velden and Philippe Pierlot, which he completed in 2018. He enjoys playing and exploring a wide variety of repertoire from Renaissance to contemporary with many ensembles, orchestras, and as a soloist. Evan performs with groups such as the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and the Butter Quartet, a string quartet that is currently part of the eeemerging+ programme. He has performed in numerous festivals, including Musica Antica da Camera, Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival, Bach Festival Dordrecht, Chopin and his Europe Festival, the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, and the Beethoven Academy in Wrocław. Evan plays a baroque cello by Jakob Weiss (ca. 1745) generously on loan from the collection of The Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation (het Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds).