Adrienne Elisha Adrienne Elisha

Adrienne Elisha (USA) holds degrees from Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana) where she studied composition with John Eaton, Donald Erb, Bernhard Heiden, Juan Orrego-Salas, and Leonard Bernstein.

While at Indiana she studied violin with Thaddeus Wronski, Henryk Kowalski and Franco Gulli. She also received a certificate/diploma in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was an assistant to Heidi Castleman. Most recently, Dr. Elisha is 2007 winner of the Thayer Award in Music Composition and recently received her Ph.D in Composition at the University of Buffalo where she was a Presidential Doctoral Fellow, working with David Felder. Ms. Elisha has received numerous grants and commissions including those from Meet the Composer, the National Music Teachers' Association (which named her "Ohio Composer of the Year 1997"), The Fortnightly Music club of Cleveland, Cleveland Chamber Music Society, newEar Ensemble (Kansas City) and the American Music Center. Her works have been featured nationally and internationally at numerous concerts and music festivals, including, June in Buffalo, The Colorado Springs New Music Symposium, the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival, and the International Bartok Festival in Szombathely, Hungary where she has performed her own solo and chamber works as well as premiering those of other composers.

In addition to solo and chamber appearances at new music festivals (such as June in Buffalo), Dr. Elisha is principal violist with Cleveland Chamber Symphony, The Center for 21st Century Music Ensemble, June in Buffalo Chamber Ensemble and frequently performs with Boston Modern Orchestra Project. In 1995 she was featured as soloist and composer on Polish Radio during the 1996 Warsaw Autumn festival, where she performed unaccompanied new works for solo viola in addition to a broadcast of her own compositions. Dr. Elisha will perform as guest violist with the Ensemble Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland (June 2008). Her cello concerto, Cry of the Dove, which was written for and performed by solo cellist, Steven Elisha was commissioned and premiered by The Cleveland Chamber Symphony in 2000 and perfomed by the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2004, (David Lockington, conductor).

Other recent performances and commissions of her compositions include those by The Chamber Orchestra of Boston,The American Chamber Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, The Denali Ensemble, New York New Music Ensemble, and the Arditti String Quartet.

Dr. Elisha is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition at Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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