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A Newtown Arts Festival Kick-Off Event:
Drs. Larisa and Steven Elisha are each internationally acclaimed soloists, chamber musicians and teachers. Together they are the incomparable Elaris Duo whose electrifying performances and consummate artistry have delighted audiences worldwide.
In a review from the Topeka Capital Journal, the husband and wife due was described in the following: “Their performances of the Brahms double concerto for violin and cello was revelatory…the Elaris Duo presented a unanimity of phrasing and tonal projection that was stunning in its conception and execution. The synchronicity of the unison passages alone was a marvel.”
The duo has gained national and international renown through their various performances, live radio broadcasts and educational activities, including the Bergen International Festival, Sunflower Music Festival, the National Taiwan University of the Arts, Elaris Chamber Music Academy, as well as solo appearances with Hastings (Nebraska) Symphony, Topeka Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, Sunflower Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, Lawrence Chamber Orchestra and the Taiwan National Arts Orchestra. The duo has been featured at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Georgia Music Educators Association Conference and American String Teachers Association National Conferences. The Elaris Duo’s highly acclaimed MRS Classics release, DUO VIRTUOSO, was featured in Fanfare Magazine and many other leading publications and web syndications. While members of the Kansas Arts Commission’s Arts on Tour roster, the Elisha’s were chosen to represent the “Arts in Kansas” for the Kansas – As Big as You Think campaign. The duo is recipient of the highly coveted 2008 Kansas Governor’s Arts Award in the “Artists” Category, as well as the Kansas Federation of Music Clubs “Musicians of the Year” Award, a Chamber Music America Residency Grant and Honorary life-time memberships to Sigma Alpha Iota.
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