LARISA ELISHA, violinist
“Elisha left the audience slack-jawed in awe with her tour-de-force playing of the cadenza [Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1]… It was heartbreakingly poignant and profound… The ovation that followed was as long and as enthusiastic as any I can recall in White Concert Hall….”
“Elisha’s playing was a dazzling display of virtuosic fingering…”
Russian-American violinist, Larisa Elisha, is an internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue, having performed and taught extensively throughout Russia, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Holland, Norway, Taiwan, Lithuania and the United States. Dr. Elisha was the Concertmaster of the Witold Lutoslawski State Philharmonic, Principal Violinist of the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director and First Violinist of the Wratislavia String Quartet. She was Professor of Violin, Chamber Music and Pedagogy at the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland. Dr. Elisha has performed recitals at prestigious European chamber music festivals that include International Festival Wratislavia Cantans and Contemporary Music Festival Musica Polonica Nova in Wroclaw, Poland, Draeseke’s Festival in Germany, Gioventi Musicale d’Italia in Bergamo, Wieniawski Festival in Poland and the Mozart Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has performed at the Concertgebouw, Warsaw National Philharmonic and Karajan Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie, and has made numerous CD, radio and television recordings. Her solo performances of the Shostakovich Violin concerto with the Wroclaw and Koszalin Symphony Orchestras as well as solo recitals in Krakow and at the Wieniawski Festival in Szczawno Zdroj (Poland) drew critical acclaim. Dr. Elisha was Violin Artist-in-Residence at Washburn University and Concertmaster of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. As Concertmaster of the Wichita Grand Opera, she performed featured solos with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Joyce DiDonato. Dr. Elisha is heard regularly in solo and chamber music performances, including Summit, Sunflower and other national and international music festivals. Larisa Elisha is the Violinist and Co-founder of the Elaris Duo with Cellist Steven Elisha. The Duo performs extensively nationally and internationally. Their MSR-Classics release, DUO VIRTUOSO, received critical acclaim from the Atlanta Audio Society, American Record Guide, Malcolm Tattersall’s Music & Vision, Turok’s Choice, BBC Music and Fanfare Magazine. As a master teacher, Dr. Elisha maintains a very successful studio. Many of her students are winners of national/international competitions, have graduated from major Music Schools and Conservatories and have successful performing and teaching careers. As a performer/clinician, she frequently presents lectures and Master Classes at national and international festivals, conferences and universities, including the Summit Music Festival, Charleston International Music School Summer Festival, Lithuania Music and Theatre Academy, National Taiwan University of the Arts, American String Teachers Association and College Music Society. Dr. Elisha belongs to numerous professional and honors organizations. Continuing the tradition of Russian violinist David Oistrakh, she holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Lunacharsky State Conservatory of Belarus in Minsk, where she was a student and Teaching Assistant of Professor Olga Parkhomienko, one of Oistrakh’s noted protégés. Larisa Elisha earned her Doctorate degree at the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Upper String Studies at Georgia Southern University.
STEVEN ELISHA, cellist
“in the front ranks of his generation’s musicians”
“above all else, Elisha’s playing is the voice of candor. It is honest and enthusiastic. He courageously takes chances, decidedly unwilling to hide behind conventional musical gestures”
The New Haven Register
“a flexibly nuanced, burnished tone… Lightning-swift left hand and deft bow arm”
New York Concert Review
Internationally acclaimed cellist Steven Elisha has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Israel, China and Taiwan, Brazil and the United States. He first attracted attention at the age of fifteen as a student of Luis Garcia-Renart when he gave solo performances with the Albany and Schenectady Symphony orchestras. Elisha’s New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and premiere performance of Cry of the Dove, a cello concerto written by his sister, Adrienne Elisha, received critical acclaim. As an honorary member and returned guest of the Beijing Cello Society, he has extensively toured mainland China, performing recitals and teaching master classes at the Shanghai, Canton, Xian, Jinan and Beijing music conservatories. He has been a featured soloist with the Toledo Symphony, Connecticut Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Topeka Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony and Grand Rapids Symphony, and in China with the Beijing Central Philharmonic and symphony orchestras of Beijing, Xian, Jinan and Canton. Formerly the Director of String Studies at Washburn University, Principal Cellist of the Topeka Symphony and Conductor of the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra, Elisha was also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra. Elisha regularly gives master classes, workshops and residencies throughout the United States, including his innovative “Mr. Cello Stories” program for audiences of all ages. Elisha frequently presents workshops, teaches and performs at national and international festivals, conferences and summer music programs, including the Summit Music Festival, Washington Square Music Festival, Omaha Conservatory Summer Institute, Charleston International Music School, College Music Society Conferences and the American String Teachers National Conference. An active recording artist, Elisha has released the critically acclaimed Duo Virtuoso on MSR Classics, a Grammy-nominated Musical Heritage Society recording of New England piano trios, and Yale Cellos of Aldo Parisot on Delos. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University School of Music, where he studied with Janos Starker; a Master’s degree from Yale School of Music, where he was a Teaching Fellow for Aldo Parisot; and a Doctorate from the University of Kansas. Currently, Dr. Elisha is Head of the String Area, Director of Orchestras and Conductor of GSU Symphony Orchestra, and Associate Professor of Music at Georgia Southern University.