Teaching

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Along with being an active pianist, Enrico Elisi is a dedicated teacher who, growing up in Italy in an international milieu, such as that of the renowned International Piano Academy Incontri col Maestro of Imola (presided by Vladimir Ashkenazy), and, later, in the USA at the Peabody Conservatory, absorbed several rich musical traditions of the Italian, Russian, and German schools. His talents were nurtured over many years of study with such diverse pedagogues and active concert pianists as legendary Leon Fleisher (1928), Lazar Berman (1930-2005), Alexander Lonquich (1960), Franco Scala (1938), Boris Petrushansky (1949), and Giuseppe Fricelli (1948). Elisi was fortunate to experience and deeply appreciate very different schools directly from pupils of Goldenweiser, Neuhaus, Zecchi, Badura-Skoda, and Schnabel.

As an Associate Professor of Piano at the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto, he relentlessly passes on his knowledge and craftsmanship to future generations of young pianists, having taught at higher education institutions since 2004. Prior to moving to Canada, Enrico Elisi has lived in the USA for twenty years and was on the faculty of the Eastman School, as an Associate Professor, for five years (2011-2016); before that time he was and Assistant Professor at Penn State University, where he taught for three years (2008-2011); and he was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for four years (2004-2008). His current and former students include prizewinner 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. Pianists may seek his expertise through summer festivals and workshops in the North America, Asia, and Europe. For those interested in the opportunity to join Professor Elisi’s studio, applications to the University of Toronto are generally due on December 1st of each year. Auditions generally occur in February of the following year.

Latest Students’ Achievements 2016

MM student performed at the New York Public Library (1/9/2016)

MM student selected for full tuition at Puerto Rico International Piano Festival

Former MM student performed Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 with the Dallas Chamber Symphony at Dallas City Performance Hall (4/19/20)

Former MM student performed at Weill Hall as a prizewinner of the Louisiana International Piano Competition (5/24/2016)

Former BM student performed Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 with Texas State Symphony Orchestra

Former BM student performed Ravel Concerto in G with Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra (late spring of 2016)

Former MM student performed Prokofiev 3rd Concerto with Meadows Symphony Orchestra (1/26 and 28)

Students’ Achievements 2015

Former MM student prepared the Dallas International Competition under my tutelage and won first prize.

MM student performed at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall

Former BM student won first prize at the Texas State Concerto Competition

Former MM won first prize at the University of Oklahoma Concerto Competition

MM student won second prize at the East Coast National Competition

Former MM student won first prize at the Southern Methodist Concerto Competition

Three MM students were awarded respectively a $20,000 scholarship to Cincinnati Conservatory (doctoral studies); a full-tuition with salary at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; a full-tuition with teaching responsibilities at Southern Methodist University

Former MM student selected for participation in Hamamatsu International Competition

Former MM student semi-finalist in World Piano Competition in Cincinnati

Sophomore student made it to the Dean’s List

Sophomore student selected as semi-finalist at Emilio del Rosario International Piano Competition (streamed live performance from Chicago)

MM student won second prize at American Protégé Piano Competition

Undergraduate student was accepted into the competitive MM program at the New England Conservatory

MM student performed with Round Rock Symphony Orchestra in San Marcos, Texas

Students’ Achievements 2014

MM student won first prize at American Protégé Piano Competition and performed at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall

MM student won third prize at the Dallas Chamber Symphony International Competition

MM student won first prize at the 5th Texas State International Piano Festival Concerto Competition and performed Mendelssohn Concerto at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre with Round Rock Symphony led by Stefan Sanders

MM student performed in Washington and Louisiana, USA, as well as Toronto, Canada

MM student was featured in a solo recital in the Rising Stars Series at the 5th Texas State International Piano Festival, San Marcos, TX

MM students entered the doctoral program at Penn State University with full scholarship

MM student was accepted into the prestigious scholarship-financed Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, Canada