Regarded by his mentor, the late Janos Starker, “in the front ranks of his generation’s musicians,” internationally acclaimed cellist, Elisha is Head of the String Division, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at Georgia Southern University. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Norway, China, Taiwan, Brazil, Israel and the U.S.
As an honorary member and returned guest of the Beijing Cello Society, he has extensively toured mainland China, performing recitals and teaching master classes at the Shanghai, Canton, Xian, Jinan and Beijing conservatories. Featured solo appearances have included the Beijing Central Philharmonic and Symphonies of Beijing, Xian, Jinan, and Canton, Toledo Symphony, Connecticut Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Topeka Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony and the Grand Rapids Symphony.
Formerly Director of String Studies at Washburn University, Principal Cellist of the Topeka Symphony, and Conductor of the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra, Elisha was also the Artistic Director/ Conductor of the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Elisha regularly gives master classes, workshops and residencies throughout the United States, including his fun-loving and innovative “Mr. Cello Stories” program for audiences of all ages. Elisha frequently presents workshops, teaches and performs at national and international festivals, conferences and summer music programs, including the Summit Music Festival, Washington Square Music Festival, Charleston International Music School, College Music Society Conferences and the American String Teachers National Conference.
As a recording artist, Dr. Elisha has recorded for Delos and Musical Heritage Society, including a Grammy-nominated MHS recording of New England piano trios. Elisha was initiated to Sigma Alpha Iota as a National Arts Associate. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University School of Music, where he studied with Janos Starker; a Master’s degree from Yale, where he was a Teaching Fellow for Aldo Parisot; and his Doctorate from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Elisha is cellist of the acclaimed Elaris Duo (with his wife, Russian violin virtuoso, Larisa Elisha). The duo’s MRS Classics re-release, DUO VIRTUOSO received critical acclaim from the Atlanta Audio Society, American Record Guide, Malcolm Tattersall’s “Music & Vision,”Turok’s Choice and BBC Music.
In a feature in FANFARE MAGAZINE, Robert Maxham wrote, “Breathtaking élan”...“Mesmerizing”... "The reverberant recorded sound balances the violin and cello almost ideally, capturing just the right amount of detail. The repertoire, well chosen and well ordered ...and above all, the striking performances — all might convince you you're not in Kansas anymore. But you are. Very strongly recommended."