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 “The Duo’s performance was emotional and poignant and also quite fascinating and memorable…gorgeous sound showing the exquisite tonal control of the performers…the Elaris Duo shines with their golden tone and intimate ensemble…They have a remarkable depth of range and interpretive artistry.”
     Mark Greenfest, Sound-Word-Sight Arts Magazine

“Steven and Larisa Elisha […] bring new meaning to violin and cello music”. …”Their performances of the Brahms double concerto for violin and cello was revelatory…the Elaris Duo presented a unanimity of phrasing and tonal projection that was stunning in its conception and execution. The synchronicity of the unison passages alone was a marvel”
     Topeka Capital-Journal

Larisa and Steven Elisha are each internationally acclaimed soloists, chamber musicians and clinicians. Together they are the Elaris Duo, whose performances and artistry have delighted audiences worldwide. The Elisha’s have gained national and international renown through performances that include the Bergen International Festival, Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, National Taiwan University of the Arts, Summit Music Festival, Sunflower Music Festival, as well as solo appearances with Washington Square Music Festival Orchestra, Hastings Symphony, Topeka Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, Sunflower Music Festival Chamber Orchestra and National Taiwan Arts Orchestra. They have also appeared in numerous live radio broadcasts. As clinicians, Larisa and Steven Elisha have been featured at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, College Music Society Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, National Orchestra Festival and American String Teachers Association National Conferences. While members of the Kansas Arts Commission’s Arts on Tour roster, they were chosen as representatives for the Kansas – As Big as You Think campaign. The duo has received many awards, including the 2008 Kansas Governor’s Arts Award, the Kansas Federation of Music Club’s Musicians of the Year Award, a Chamber Music America Residency Grant, and an honorary Life-Time Membership to Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI).  Just released at MSR Classics, DUO VIRTUOSO II – Works for Violin and Cello by Honegger, Ravel and Schulhoff, will be featured in FANFARE MAGAZINE. In the June 2017 issue of AUDIO CLUB OF ATLANTA, Phil Muse wrote: …”They [Elaris Duo] serve the important function of helping to make audiences aware, through their sensational performances, of the repertoire. … you could close your eyes and imagine you were listening to an entire string orchestra with all its range and expressive capability, and not just two instruments. … amazing variety of textures, moods, and colors…astonishing technical prowess … hat’s off to the Elishas!” The Elaris Duo’s MRS Classics re-release of DUO VIRTUOSO received critical acclaim from the Atlanta Audio Society, American Record Guide, Malcolm Tattersall’s “Music & Vision,”Turok’s Choice and BBC Music. In a feature and review in FANFARE MAGAZINE, Robert Maxham wrote, “Breathtaking élan”…“Mesmerizing”… “The reverberant recorded sound balances the violin and cello almost ideally, capturing just the right amount of detail. The repertoire, well chosen and well ordered …and above all, the striking performances – all might convince you you’re not in Kansas anymore. But you are. Very strongly recommended.”

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