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Award-winning Eileen Ivers the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the violin’ performs at Caltech in Pasadena Sun., Mar. 15

Eileen Ivers is a master of the Irish fiddle. The Washington Post said, “She suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle.” At the age of three, she picked up a plastic violin and pretended to play it air-style. And a star was born. Now, she has guest starred with over 50 orchestras, recorded more than 80 contemporary and traditional albums and scored numerous films.

Ivers has been labeled the “Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times. In the early ‘90s she toured with Hall & Oates for a year, and has played with Sting and many others. She was one of the original stars of Riverdance for three years, playing a blue guitar that came to be known as “Old Bluey.” She has won a Grammy and been nominated for an Emmy, and on Friday, April 3 she will be honored with the Iona College Women of Achievement Award.

Born in New York City to Irish immigrants and raised in the Bronx, Ivers embraced her Irish heritage. She studied violin with Martin Mulvihill, an Irish fiddler, who took his students to Ireland every summer to compete in the All Ireland Fiddle Championships, beginning when she was eight. She won the top prize nine times for the fiddle, and once for the banjo.