Lecture-Recital — From Public Stage to Private Parlor: An Introduction to Rarely Performed Piano Works from Rossini’s "Years of Silence” by Enrico Elisi
Enrico Elisi regularly appears in important musical centres in America, Europe, and Asia. Highlights of recent seasons include a Mozart album recording and recitals at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Library, New York’s Morgan Library, Washington’s National Gallery of Art and the Italian Embassy, and the Centro Cultural de España in Lima, Peru. He performed in historic settings such as La Fenice Theatre, Venice; Palazzo Vecchio, Florence; Bibiena Theatre, Mantua; Pavarotti Opera House, Modena; Teatro Comunale and Sala Bossi, Bologna. He also performed with various ensembles including the Florence Symphony, Italy; Orchestra Classica de Porto, Portugal; Bay Atlantic Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Williamsport Symphony, USA. First prize winner in many competitions in Italy and the US, among Elisi’s awards, are top prizes in the Premio Venezia (Italy) and the Oporto International Competition (Portugal).
Radio and television broadcast include Via Classica (Germany), Montebeni Classica FM (Italy), WCLV Cleveland, UNC, KCNV Nevada Public Radio, KGCS, WPSU (USA) and RTP-TV (Portugal). As a champion of new music, he commissioned and premiered works from composers of many nationalities and performed at the University of Toronto New Music Festival during Sciarrino’s residence. He recently premiered Paul Chihara’s Two Images, at Weill Hall—a composition he later recorded for Albany Records. An avid chamber musician, Elisi performed at the Taos and Ravinia Festivals and collaborated with renowned soloists. He often appears and performs in such settings as Cincinnati “Art of the Piano,” Montecito, Lee University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Texas State University festivals, American Liszt Society, and the Chautauqua Institution (USA); Amalfi Coast Festival, Associazione Umbria classica, AmiCa Fest (Italy); Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival (Spain); Ameri-China Foundation and Sichuan International Piano Festival (China).
Having previously served on the faculties of the Eastman School, Penn State University, and UNLV, he recently joined the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto. He presented lecture-recitals and master classes, both with his performing engagements, at most major universities in the USA, Canada, Italy, Turkey, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Korea, where he has been teaching an annual workshop since 2012, and China, where he also held a guest professorship at the China Zhejiang Art School. He served on the juries of several competitions in Italy, China, USA, and Canada. Elisi studied with Leon Fleisher Lazar Berman, Alexander Lonquich, Boris Petrushansky, Franco Scala, and Giuseppe Fricelli.