Associate Professor of Piano
Artistic Director Musica Domani International PrizeDepartment:
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Described by La Nueva España as “a true musician and a master of elegance, refinement and fantasy,” Enrico Elisi regularly performs to acclaim throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. His interpretations reveal “remarkable sensitivity, imagination and polish,” (Baltimore Sun). In Italy he has appeared in prestigious venues such as La Fenice Theatre, Venice; Palazzo Vecchio, Florence; Bibbiena Theatre, Mantua; Pavarotti Opera House, Modena; Teatro Comunale and Sala Bossi, Bologna. Recent North American performances include recitals at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the New York Public Library. In Asia, he performed in South Korea (Seoul, Busan, Daegu), Taiwan (Taipei, Tainan), and China (Shanghai, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Fouzhou). Elisi has also given recitals in Germany (Hamburg, Bonn, Wolfsburg, Kiel, Heiligenhafen), Slovak Republic (Piešťany), Spain (Gijon, Candas), and Peru (Lima).
Elisi has appeared with the Florence Symphony, Italy; Orchestra Classica de Porto, Portugal; Bay Atlantic Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Penn State Philharmonic, Penn’s Woods Orchestra, UNLV Chamber Orchestra and Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, USA. He also debuted as soloist/conductor with the Green Valley Festival Chamber Orchestra (2007).
Among Elisi’s awards are top prizes in the Venice Competition (Italy) and the Oporto International Competition (Portugal)—which led to a concerto broadcast for Portuguese national TV. After winning seven first prizes in national competitions in Italy and a number of other top prizes, Elisi received the La Gesse Foundation Fellowship and performed in Toulouse, France, and New York’s Weill Recital Hall.
Via Classica, a German radio station, offered a two-hour broadcast of Elisi’s live recital in Hamburg followed by an interview (2008). Additional radio broadcasts include Montebeni Classica FM (Italy), WCLV Cleveland, UNC, KCNV Nevada Public Radio, and KGCS (USA). He also appeared in a TV broadcast for WPSU.
An active chamber musician, Elisi has performed at the Taos and Ravinia Festivals, as well as other US venues and has given chamber recitals in China, Korea, France, and Peru. In addition, he collaborated with principal players from the Baltimore, Chicago, and American Symphony Orchestras.
As a champion of new music, Elisi has commissioned works from composers of many nationalities. He premiered Paul Chihara’s Two Images, at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall and has subsequently recorded it for Albany Records. His vision for contemporary music led to his founding and directing Musica Domani Prize—an international composition competition.
A frequent guest at music festivals, Elisi regularly appears in such settings as the Chautauqua Institution, Texas State Festival (USA); Associazione Umbria classica, Amalfi and Grumo Festivals (Italy). Moreover, he has been the artistic director of the Piano Institute of the Las Vegas Music Festival as well as the co-founder/artistic director of the Green Valley Chamber Music Festival.
Elisi has given countless performances, master classes, workshops, and lectures at colleges and conservatories throughout the world including the University of Michigan, USA; University of British Columbia, Canada; National Conservatory of Lima, Peru; Accademia delle Marche, Italy; Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan; China Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory and its affiliated high school, China; Academy of Performing Arts, Baptist University, Hong Kong; Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Singapore; Seoul National (SNU), Yonsei, Hanyang, Ewha Woman’s, Dankook, Sangmyung, Pusan National, Kyungsung, Catholic, and Keimyung Universities, as well as Sunhwa Arts High School, South Korea. Elisi also held a two-year guest professorship at the China Zhejiang Art School in Hangzhou, China.
As an adjudicator, he has taken part in the Tremplin International and the Concours de Musique du Canada, the Iowa Piano Competition, the Peabody Yale Gordon Competition, Fite Young Artist Competition, as well as Nevada, Maryland, Virginia, and Texas State Music Teacher Associations.
At Leon Fleisher’s invitation he performed at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in a joint recital with his mentor (2007). As the president of the American Liszt Society Pennsylvania Chapter he established in 2010, he also played at the 2011 Liszt Bicentennial Festival in Athens, GA.
Elisi joined the piano faculty of the Eastman School of Music as an Associate Professor in 2011, having previously taught at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Nevada.
In his native Italy, Elisi studied with Giuseppe Fricelli in Bologna and earned diplomas from the Conservatory of Florence and the world-renowned Incontri col Maestro International Piano Academy of Imola, where he worked extensively with Lazar Berman, Boris Petrushansky and Alexander Lonquich as well as Joaquín Achúcarro and Franco Scala. Elisi earned MM and DMA degrees with distinction as a student of Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University while serving as his assistant. Among encounters with other musicians who have contributed to his musical growth are Maurizio Pollini, Jörg Demus, Murray Perahia, Louis Lortie, Peter Lang, and Rudolf Firkušný.
Elisi’s latest CD, Mozart Piano Album, has been released in 2011.
“Musical fireworks were presented at the end of the concert, where the hands of the pianist flew. The enthusiasm of the public was so great that they allowed the pianist his farewell only after three encores.”
– Angelika Kannenberg, Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung
“Enrico Elisi revealed remarkable sensitivity, imagination and polish. He brought clarity and subtlety to Bach, considerable eloquence to Mozart and his phrasing of two Mazurkas and the G minor Ballade by Chopin contained uncommon rhythmic elasticity and poetic refinement..”
– Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun Music Critic
“The Schumann was one more confirmation of Elisi’s dexterity as well as his mature sensitivity. The applause surged with the last note. Elisi’s debut recital in Germany was a success. It is to be hoped that we will have many more opportunities to hear and experience him.”
– Wolfsburger Nachrichten, Germany
“Elisi’s playing offered a balance between a brilliant technique and a lyric singing quality of tone. A true musician, Elisi is a master of elegance, refinement and fantasy..”
– La Nueva España, Spain
“Mr. Elisi’s playing shows a refined sense of style and noble personality.”
– Lazar Berman, pianist
“Mr. Elisi never lost a beat. He navigated the [Rachmaninov second] concerto’s complexities and subtle nuances without ever descending into the mere piano pounding that heralds an inferior performer. Mr. Elisi’s interpretation was impeccable.
– Cape May Star Wave
Enrico Elisi proved to be a fine player with a natural sense of drama and line. The cadenzas [to the Rachmaninov second concerto] were flawless and his stage persona was intent yet not overly intense.
– Classical New Jersey Society Journal
Engagements / Professional Activities
- January 27, 7:30 PM, Rochester, NY
7:30 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Rd. (at East Avenue). Benefit concert in celebration of W. A. Mozart’s birthday for the concert series “If Music Be the Food…” whose mission is to increase awareness and support for the hungry in Rochester through chamber music performances of the highest caliber. Among other works will be Mozart Quartet in G Minor with Enrico Elisi (piano), Federico Agostini (violin), Carol Rodland (viola), and Steve Doane (cello).
- February 10, Rochester, NY
Violin and Piano Duo Recital with Charles Castleman. Eastman School. Kilbourn Hall. 3 pm. Music by Dallapiccola, Respighi and Beethoven. Further details will be announced at a later time.
- April 5, 7:30 pm, Greenville, North Carolina
Guest Recital in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall.
- April 6, 4-7 pm, Greenville, North Carolina
Master Class at East Carolina University. Location: FLEMUS 0B110 Fletcher Music Center.
- May 1-3, Singapore
Masterclasses and lecture
- May 4-7, Jakarta, Indonesia
Masterclasses and lecture
- May 18, Seoul, South Korea
- Location TBA. Deatils in English
- May 10, Seoul, South Korea
Masterclass at Seoul National University
- May 13, Cheonan, South Korea
- Masterclass at Dankook University (Cheonan Campus).
- May 16, Seoul, South Korea
Masterclass at Sookmyung University.
- May 18, Seoul, South Korea
Location TBA. Deatils in English and Korean available at http://www.seoulmasterclass.enricoelisi.com
- May 23-24, Busan, South Korea
Residency and masterclasses at Pusan National University.
- May 29, Seoul, South Korea
Masterclass at Seoul Arts High School
- October 13 and 14, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1: rehearsals with Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Gerardo Edelstein.
- October 15, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Brahms Concerto No. 1 performance with Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Gerardo Edelstein.
- November 6-9, Jacksonville, FL
Guest at the 2013 FSMTA Annual Conference. Recital and master class.
- January 26, Rochester, NY
Faculty Artist Series concerts General Admission • Kilbourn Hall; Single tickets: $10; sold one hour before each concert at the door only. Free to U/R ID holders and Kilbourn, subject to availability. See also Faculty Artist Series Information (details in website available from January, 2014)
- February 9, Rochester, NY — all Brahms recital
Duo recital Enrico Elisi and Federico Agostini. The Complete Works for Violin and Piano by Johannes Brahms. Faculty Artist Series concerts General Admission • Kilbourn Hall; Single tickets: $10; sold one hour before each concert at the door only. Free to U/R ID holders and Kilbourn, subject to availability. See also Faculty Artist Series Information (details in website available from January, 2014)
- Spring of 2014, Lima, Peru — Date TBA
Premiere of Jorge Grossmann’s Piano Concerto with Peruvian National Orchestra. Details TBA.