Eva Smit studied violin in Frankfurt with Dieter Vorholz and viola in Düsseldorf with Jürgen Kussmaul. She has participated in masterclasses with Serge Collot and Daniel Benyamini, among others.
For five years, she was a member of the Robert Schumann Chamber Orchestra, with which she also gave solo performances. As a member of the Düsseldorf Viola Quartet and the Euridice String Quartet (Amsterdam), Eva Smit has built up a large chamber music repertoire. She received chamber music coachings from Jürgen Kussmaul, Eugene Lehner (of the Kolisch Quartet) and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Smit joined the viola section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1990. She also plays in various chamber music groups with orchestra members.