Eugenia’s professional career began following her debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 10 in which she performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. At Brussels Conservatory she studied in the class of V. Oistrakh. A year later she started to study with the legendary violin teacher Zakhar Bron at the Cologne University of Music, where she obtained a diploma with the highest distinction. She was also resident of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the French violinist and conductor Augustin Dumay. After that she studied in Cologne with Prof Barnabás Kelemen. Eugenia has received multiple awards and prizes, including the Gold Medal at the Hindemith International Viola Competition. She has been a recipient of the N. Philippart Belgian Foundation Award and winner of the Jeunes Musiciens competition, and she is also laureate of the Rodolfo Lipizer International Competition.
Eugenia has had an extraordinary passion for the symphonic repertoire. In 2014–2019, she held the position of first concertmaster at the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, and since then she has had regular collaborations as guest concertmaster with many outstanding orchestras, such as Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, WDR Funkhausorchester, La Monnaie Opera, Belgian National Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Duisburger Philharmoniker and many others. Currently Eugenia is 2. Concertmaster at Berner Symphonieorchester and 1. Concertmaster at Orchestre de Chambre Fribourgeois. She has performed at numerous festivals, including the Kronberg Festival, Verbier Festival and Interlaken Classics. Her broad repertoire ranges from baroque to the latest contemporary creations. An avid interpreter of Belgian and French post-romantic composers and a dedicated chamber musician, Eugenia frequently collaborates with her mother Nina Ardashir, a multi-faceted pianist with incredible depth, maturity and creativity. She has received invitations to perform as a soloist and chamber musician all over Europe, Canada, Mexico and Asia on important international stages, including the Konzerthaus Berlin, Palais des Beaux-Arts, The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen and Cadogan Hall. Her appearances as a soloist include the Belgian National Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Oshawa Symphony Orchestra and many others. In 2020, Eugenia founded the EDGE ensemble along with her husband, violist Gilad Karni, where they perform repertoire for piano trios and quartets. Ms. Karni is frequently invited to perform as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Canada, Mexico and Asia. She has appeared on distinguished stages internationally and has collaborated as soloist and in chamber music performances with outstanding musicians and conductors. Eugenia plays on Vincenzo Panormo violin (Paris, 1775).