The cellist Steven Elisha, formerly of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra and Washburn University, performs a free solo concert for the public Sunday, Oct. 9 from 3:00–4:00 pm in Marvin Auditorium.
Elisha performs throughout the United States and internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Catch this national act in Topeka while you can.
The audience will enjoy musical pieces including Suite No. 1 in G Major by Johann Sebastian Bach and Sonata Op. 8 by Zoltan Kodaly, which is “one of the most difficult works written for solo instrument and stands as a landmark work for the cello,” Elisha said. He will also be playing a new piece that he composed in honor of the Kansas Sesquicentennial that will be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation of paintings that inspired the composition.
“I am always hoping to attract a wide range of concert-goers, adults and young audiences alike. Also, I hope that people who normally do not attend concerts will want to hear this program. This Bach Suite I will be playing is very famous and will be recognized by many,” Elisha said.
Elisha has been called a musician “in the front ranks of his generation’s musicians” by Janos Starker. Currently, Elisha is the cello professor at Georgia Southern University. He was most recently the director of string studies at Washburn University, Principal Cellist of the Topeka Symphony and conductor of the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra.
“My life has been blessed with music and I have always enjoyed the experience of bringing music to people all over the world. I am very excited that I will again connect with Topeka’s community, sharing my inner world and artistic expression,” Elisha said.
He first attracted attention at the age of 15 as a student of Luis Garcia-Renart when he gave solo performances with the Albany and Schenectady (New York) Symphonies. Elisha’s New York debut at Carnegie Hall and premiere performance of Cry of the Dove (a cello concerto written by his sister, Adrienne Elisha) received critical acclaim.
He has also performed and taught in China, Europe, Brazil, Israel, Norway and the United States. Elisha holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University School of Music, a Master of Music degree from Yale University School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas.
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