As master teachers, Larisa Elisha, violinist and Steven Elisha, cellist, offer master classes, workshops, string clinics, chamber music coachings and presentations nationally and internationally.
Representing the legendary method and pedagogic schools of David Oistrakh and Janos Starker, the Elaris Duo offer violin and cello students individualized instruction in an open lesson format. Students perform publicly in front of their peers and receive critical instruction on musicianship, instrumental technical issues, musical style, practice technique and musical performance. The repertoire that is performed before a live audience becomes the vehicle for discussion, where technical and musical issues are addressed and detailed information on solutions for solving problems are provided, giving the other attendees opportunities to examine their own common issues. Based on a natural approach, specifics of technical organization, tonal beauty, centered intonation and freedom of musical expression are emphasized in these sessions.
Chamber Music Coachings
The Elaris Duo provide chamber groups of varying combinations with high-level instruction on ensemble playing with emphasis on topics including: how to rehearse and prepare efficiently for performances, achieving centered intonation and matching vibrato, tonal beauty, detailed bowings and articulations, musical structures, phrasing, interpretation and style.
Students are given information on specific musical and technical issues.
Teachers as well as students are given pedagogical instruction how to teach specific aspects of string playing. Workshops provide vital information for teachers and students of all levels working on instrumental technique (correct hand positions, playing positions, natural movement and injury prevention). Students will benefit from avoiding habits and patterns of playing that hinder instrumental development.
The Elaris Duo presents lectures, informances and other educational programs on a variety of musical subjects at national and international conferences and symposiums.