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Dr. Steven Elisha

Dr. Steven Elisha
Head, Strings Area
Director of Orchestras
Cello / Bass

Phone: 912-478-8558

D.M.A., University of Kansas
M.M., Yale University
B.M. Indiana University

About Dr. Elisha

in the front ranks of his generation’s musicians” – Janos Starker

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, Norway, China, Taiwan, Brazil, Israel and the United
States. He first attracted attention at the age of fifteen when he gave solo performances
with the Albany and Schenectady (New York) Symphonies. 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 conservatories. Featured solo appearances have included the
Beijing Central Philharmonic and Symphonies of Beijing, Xian, Jinan, and Canton,
Toledo Symphony, Connecticut Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony,
Topeka Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony and Highland Park
Strings. Formerly, 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/ Conductor of the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Elisha
regularly gives master classes, workshops and residencies throughout the United States,
including his fun-loving and 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, Sunflower Music Festival, Washington Square Music Festival,
Charleston International Music School, Omaha Conservatory Summer Institute, College
Music Society and American String Teachers National Conference. Elisha is the Regional
Representative of the American String Teachers Association Georgia Chapter. Elisha is
co-founder and cellist of the Elaris Duo, with violinist Larisa Elisha. As a recording
artist, Elisha is heard on a Grammy-nominated Musical Heritage Society recording of
New England piano trios, Yale Cellos of Aldo Parisot on Delos and Duo Virtuoso on
MSR-Classics. Just released at MSR-Classics, DUO VIRTUOSO II – Works for Violin
and Cello by Honegger, Ravel and Schulhoff, has received high praise in reviews
appearing in Fanfare Magazine, Gramophone American Record Guide and other leading
music publications. Elisha was featured in Fanfare Magazine, and winner of the Global
Music Awards for DUO VIRTUOSO and DUO VIRTUOSO II. Currently, Dr. Elisha is
Professor of Music, Strings Area Head and Director of Orchestras at Georgia Southern University Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music.

Last updated: 12/14/2023