Date(s) - 04/27/2013
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Blue Sage Hall
Susan Ellinger, along with principal players from the Grand Junction Symphony, pack a big punch in a small ensemble, with a performance of piano concertos arranged for string quartet and piano.
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ABOUT THE GUEST MUSICIANS
Carlos Elias, Violin
Carlos Elias directs the strings and orchestra program at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado, and serves as concertmaster of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. He began his musical studies at the age of 5 at the National Center of Arts in San Salvador.
After graduating from high school and coming to the United States, he graduated magna cum laude from Biola University in California in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in violin performance. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, in 1993, and an artist diploma from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 1999.
Elias has performed in solo recitals and in orchestras in the United States, El Salvador, Argentina, Bulgaria and Japan.
He won the Biola University Concerto Competition in 1988 and 1989, and took second place in the El Salvador Violin Competition in 1985. In 1986, he represented El Salvador at the World Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel.
He taught music at the National Center of Arts in San Salvador, was a violin instructor for the Sendai Philharmonic Junior Orchestra in Japan, and has taught for Mesa State since 1999.
He has been a member of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra in Sendai, Japan, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and was the assistant concertmaster of the El Salvador Symphony Orchestra.
He has participated in a variety of music festivals in Colorado and around the world, such as the Aspen Music Festival, Western Slope Music Festival in Crested Butte, Music in the Mountains in Durango, Congress of Strings in Detroit, Sarasota Music Festival in Florida, Raphael Trio Chamber Music Workshop in Vermont, Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Affinis Music Festival in Nagano, Japan, and Corsi Internazionali di Musica in Italy.
He and his wife, pianist Andrea Arese-Elias, gave their New York debut at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall on March 28, 2002.
Carlos Elias plays a 1985 violin by the late American maker Sergio Peresson.