Enrico Elisi

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Enrico Elisi is an Italian pianist from Bologna, Italy.

Enrico Elisi regularly performs to acclaim throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In Italy he has appeared in prestigious venues such as La Fenice Theatre, Venice; Palazzo Vecchio, Florence; Teatro Bibiena, Mantua; Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti, Modena; Teatro Comunale and Sala Bossi, Bologna. Recent North American performances include recitals at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the New York Public Library. In Asia, he performed in South Korea (Seoul, Busan, Daegu), Taiwan (Taipei, Tainan), and China (Shanghai, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Fouzhou, Xinchang). Elisi has also given recitals in Germany (Hamburg, Bonn, Wolfsburg, Kiel, Heiligenhafen), Slovak Republic (Piešťany), Spain (Gijón, Candas), and Peru (Lima).

Over the last seasons, Elisi has appeared with the Florence Symphony, Italy; Orchestra Classica de Porto, Portugal; Bay Atlantic Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Penn State Philharmonic, Penn's Woods Orchestra, UNLV Chamber Orchestra and Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, US. He debuted as soloist/conductor with the Green Valley Festival Chamber Orchestra (2007).

Among Elisi’s awards are top prizes in the Venice Competition and the Oporto International Competition—which led to a concerto broadcast for Portuguese national TV. After winning seven first prizes in national competitions in Italy and a number of other top prizes, Elisi received the La Gesse Foundation Fellowship and performed in Toulouse, France, and New York’s Weill Recital Hall.

Via Classica, a German radio station, offered a two-hour broadcast of Elisi’s live recital with an interview (2008). Additional radio broadcasts include Montebeni Classica FM (Italy), WCLV Cleveland, UNC, KCNV Nevada Public Radio, and KGCS (US). He also appeared in a TV broadcast for WPSU.

An active chamber musician, Elisi has performed at the Taos and Ravinia Festivals, as well as other US venues and has given chamber recitals in China, Korea, France, and Peru. He collaborated with principal players from the Baltimore, Chicago, and American Symphony Orchestras.

As a champion of new music, Elisi has commissioned works from composers of many nationalities. He premiered Paul Chihara’s Images, at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall and has subsequently recorded it for Albany Records. His vision for contemporary music led to his founding and directing an international composition competition, Arioso Musica Domani, (2010).

In Nevada, Elisi has been the artistic director of the Piano Institute of the Las Vegas Music Festival as well as the co-founder/artistic director of the Green Valley Chamber Music Festival. The American Liszt Society Bicentennial Festival (Athens, GA) invited Elisi to perform as the President of the Pennsylvania Chapter he established in 2010.

Elisi joined the piano faculty of the Eastman School of Music as an associate professor in 2011, having previously taught at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has been a frequent guest teacher at the Accademia delle Marche in Italy and held a guest professorship at the China Zhejiang Art School in Hangzhou. Elisi has given master classes and performances at the University of British Columbia, Canada; National Conservatory of Lima, Peru; Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan; Pusan National, Kyungsung, Catholic, and Keimyung Universities, South Korea. At Leon Fleisher’s invitation Elisi performed at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in a joint recital with his mentor (2007).

Elisi has been a jury member for the Tremplin International and the finals of the Concours de Musique du Canada, the Iowa Piano Competition, the Yale Gordon Competition (Peabody), NMTA, MSMTA, NVMTA, and VMTA.

In his native Italy, Elisi studied with Giuseppe Fricelli in Bologna and earned diplomas from the Conservatory of Florence (summa cum laude) and the world-renowned Incontri col Maestro International Piano Academy of Imola, where he worked extensively with Lazar Berman, Boris Petrushansky and Alexander Lonquich as well as Joaquín Achúcarro and Franco Scala. Elisi earned MM and DMA degrees with distinction as a student of Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University while serving as his assistant. He also took part in master classes with Maurizio Pollini, Jörg Demus, Murray Perahia, Louis Lortie, Peter Lang, Sergio Perticaroli, and Rudolf Firkušný.

Elisi's latest CD, Mozart Piano Works, has been released in 2011.

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