Dr. Larisa Elisha is an internationally acclaimed violin soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue, and has performed and taught extensively throughout the world. 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. 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. In addition to regular Dr. Elisha performances at national and international music festivals, Larisa Elisha is the violinist and co-founder of the internationally acclaimed Elaris Duo with Cellist, Steven Elisha.
As a master teacher, performer and clinician, Dr. Elisha frequently presents lectures and master classes at national and international festivals, conferences, universities. She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Belarus State Academy of Music 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, Poland.
Dr. Larisa Elisha is the Author of “Advanced Scale Studies for Violin” (Three-and-Four-Octave Scales) and “Advanced Scale Studies for Viola” – An Organized Method of practicing Scales, Arpeggios, Chromatic Scales and Complete Set of Double Stops, published by Carl Fischer Music.
Currently, Dr. Elisha is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Upper String Studies at the Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music at Georgia Southern University, where she teaches Violin, Viola, Chamber Music, Violin/Viola Literature, and Method and Pedagogy.