Artist's Biography

Described by La Nueva España as “a true musician and a master of elegance, refinement and fantasy,” Enrico Elisi, born and raised in Bologna, Italy, regularly performs to acclaim throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. His interpretations reveal “remarkable sensitivity, imagination and polish,” (Baltimore Sun). In Italy he has appeared in prestigious venues such as La Fenice Theatre, Venice; Palazzo Vecchio, Florence; Bibbiena Theatre, Mantua; Pavarotti Opera House, Modena; Teatro Comunale and Sala Bossi, Bologna. Elisi has also given recitals in Germany, Slovak Republic and Spain. Recent performances in America include recitals at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Library, the Italian Embassy in Washington, D. C., and in Lima, Peru. In Asia, he performed in South Korea, Taiwan, and China.

Upcoming engagements include New York’s Gilder Lehrman Hall at the Morgan Library and Museum, Washington’s West Garden Court 73rd series at the National Gallery of Art, as well as recitals in Tennessee, Florida, Ohio, and Italy.

Elisi has appeared with the Florence Symphony, Italy; Orchestra Classica de Porto, Portugal; Bay Atlantic Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Williamsport Symphony, Pennsylvania Centre, Penn State Philharmonic, Penn’s Woods, UNLV Chamber and Johns Hopkins Symphony orchestras, USA. He also debuted as soloist/conductor with the Green Valley Festival Chamber Orchestra.

Among Elisi’s awards are top prizes in the Venice Competition (Italy) and the Oporto International Competition (Portugal)—which led to a concerto broadcast for Portuguese national TV. After winning nine first prizes in competitions in Italy and the US, and having garnered a dozen of other top prizes and awards, Elisi performed in Toulouse, France, and New York’s Weill Recital Hall as a La Gesse Fellow.

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

An avid 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. In addition, 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 Two 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 Musica Domani Prize—an international composition competition.

A frequent guest at music festivals, Elisi appears regularly in such settings as the Chautauqua Institution, Texas State, Cincinnati Art of the Piano, RPPF, Montecito (USA); Associazione Umbria classica and Amalfi Coast Festival (Italy). He will also visit Chile for a new summer program as well as Lee University International Piano Festival and Competition in 2015.

After having held teaching posts in US institutions since 2004, Dr. Elisi joined the Eastman School of Music in 2011, where he serves as an Associate Professor and teaches a class of international students. His current and former students include prizewinners in competitions; hold teaching posts; performed with orchestras (including the Rochester Philharmonic); gave debut recitals from New York to Caracas, Paris and Seoul; garnered fellowships and scholarships at summer programs and have been accepted in artist diploma, MM, and DMA programs in prestigious institutions in the US and abroad.

Elisi also keeps a busy schedule of master classes (more than fifty just in the past three years), both in conjunction with his performing engagements, at colleges and conservatories throughout the world, including Northwestern and Roosevelt Universities, the University of Michigan, USA; University of British Columbia, Canada; National Conservatory of Lima, Peru; Accademia delle Marche, Italy; Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan; China Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory and its affiliated high school, China; Academy of Performing Arts, Baptist University, Hong Kong; Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Singapore; Jakarta Conservatory, Indonesia; Seoul National (SNU), Yonsei, Hanyang, Ewha Woman’s, Dankook, Sangmyung, Pusan National, Kyungsung, Catholic, and Keimyung Universities, as well as Seoul Arts and Sunhwa Arts high schools, South Korea. Elisi also held a two-year guest professorship at the China Zhejiang Art School in Hangzhou, China and since 2013 he has been teaching an annual master class in Seoul (

As an adjudicator, he has taken part in the Tremplin International and the Concours de Musique du Canada, the Iowa, the Peabody Yale Gordon, the Julia Crane International, the Fite Young Artist competitions, as well as the Nevada, Maryland, Virginia, and Texas State Music Teachers Associations’ competitions.

At Leon Fleisher’s invitation he performed at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in a joint recital with his mentor (2007). In 2010 he established and presided the American Liszt Society Pennsylvania Chapter and played at the 2011 Liszt Bicentennial Festival in Athens, GA.

In his native Italy, Elisi studied with Giuseppe Fricelli in Bologna and earned diplomas from the Conservatory of Florence and the world-renowned Incontri col Maestro International Piano Academy of Imola, where he worked extensively with legendary pianist Lazar Berman as well as Boris Petrushansky, Alexander Lonquich, Joaquín Achúcarro and Franco Scala. Elisi also earned MM and DMA degrees with distinction as a student of American icon and Schnabel disciple Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Elisi’s latest CD, Mozart Piano Album, has been released in 2011.

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"Elisi's playing shows a refined sense of style and noble personality.
He always 'speaks' to the audience - a trait which, in my view, is the most important in a true performer."

 — Lazar Berman, pianist

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Enrico Elisi, piano

"Musical fireworks were presented at the end of the concert, where the hands of the pianist flew. The enthusiasm of the public was so great that they allowed the pianist his farewell only after three encores."
— Angelika Kannenberg - Wolfsburger Nachrichten Zeitung

“A first-class piano recital this week. Elisi revealed remarkable sensitivity, imagination and polish. He brought clarity and sublety to Bach, considerable eloquence to Mozart, and his phrasing of Chopin contained uncommon rhythmic elasticity and poetic refinement.”

Tim Smith, Music Critic, the Baltimore Sun

"Elisi's performances contain all the elements that distinguish an artist from a pedestrian performer "

 — Leon Fleisher, pianist and conductor

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New upcoming studio recording with the Chihara Trio just released on Albany Records. Click here to purchase the CD.


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Prokofiev, excerpt from Sonata No. 6, Op. 82

Mendelssohn, excerpt from Fantasy Op. 28

Ravel ,excerpt from Valses nobles et sentimentales

Enrico Elisi

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