Elaris Duo Releases Duo Virtuoso II

Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce the worldwide release of Duo Virtuoso II, and humbled to share the Fanfare Magazine (the world’s premiere classical recordings publication) article and recent reviews of the Elaris Duo’s MSR-Classics recording:

“Best of all the Elaris Duo plays Ravel’s music with seeming abandon. Although they play as though they did not have a care in the world, their virtuosity is the result of immense talent and musicianship. Elaris’s playing is simple perfection and the Duo holds its audience in thrall as they move from Allegro to Andante and back again. The players’ close harmony is a thing of beauty in which each note has a beginning, a middle, and an end. In 2007, violinist Christian Tetzlaff and cellist Christian Poltéra recorded the Ravel and Honegger pieces for BIS and their sound was outstanding for their time. Now, I think the Elaris Duo has outdone them in clarity and virtuosity. Elaris’s mastery of early twentieth century music is monumental and it shows itself in each of the pieces on this disc.” Maria Nockin – Fanfare Magazine

The Elaris Duo’s album is one that can be embraced not only for excellence in the art of performance, but for the imaginative programming of works not that often heard, and for the playing of them in a way that assures you will want to hear them again.” Jerry Dubins – Fanfare Magazine

The brilliant display for both instruments is exciting…The Elisha Duo are exceptional artists and interpreters …Their glowing international reputation is well deserved. Besides being marvelous musically, this release, titled Duo Virtuoso II, has been recorded in vivid, lifelike sound. Strongly recommended.” Huntley Dent – Fanfare Magazine

“amazing variety of textures, moods, and colors…astonishing technical prowess … hat’s off to the Elishas!” Phil Muse – AUDIO CLUB OF ATLANTA

“The wife-and-husband team of Larisa and Steven Elisha emphasizes those elements to good effect, being especially impressive in the highly virtuosic second movement [Ravel Sonata]. …the violinist and cellist have a strong sense of style and play well with – and against – each other here. They are also sensitive to the pervasive polyphony of Honegger’s Sonatina, and here they show an altogether winning sense of humor in their handling of the last movement’s recitatives. The CD as a whole offers a rather unusual instrumental combination and three pieces whose differing sensibilities give the performers ample chances to express themselves both in virtuosity and in emotional involvement.”

Mark J. Estren –


Strings at Southern Chamber Music Festival


The Strings Area of the Department of Music at Georgia Southern University provides string players from around the world the highest level of education and an opportunity to receive music instruction under the guidance of the internationally acclaimed Elaris Duo, Drs. Steven and Larisa Elisha. Undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to non-music majors, enjoy performing symphonic and operatic repertoire in a thriving orchestral program, and collaborating with other musicians at Georgia Southern. In a nurturing and exciting atmosphere, the strings faculty offer students individual development, preparation for future careers in teaching and performing, and opportunities to fulfill their musical dreams.

Strings curriculum includes individual applied lessons, chamber music ensembles, and orchestra. Degrees offered include:

  • Bachelor of Music with major in String Performance or Music Education
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, which allows students to minor in another academic area while pursuing a music degree
  • Master of Music degrees with emphases in Performance and Music Education
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Performance
    Strings students at Georgia Southern, through their active involvement and commitment to artistic excellence, contribute significantly to cultural life on campus and in the community and the southern coastal region of Georgia.

Drs. Steven and Larisa Elisha offer string students comprehensive instruction in quartet and mixed chamber music ensembles as well as frequent performing experiences. Cellists and bass players enjoy performing in the Georgia Southern Low String Ensemble, the “Bass” –ically, Mellow-Cello-Fellowship.

Degree Programs
Degree Term Course Requirements
Bachelor of Music in Music Education – Choral 4-Year Plan
Bachelor of Music in Music Education – Instrumental 4-Year Plan
Bachelor of Music in Performance – Instrumental 4-Year Plan
Bachelor of Music in Performance – Piano 4-Year Plan
Bachelor of Music in Performance – Voice 4-Year Plan
Music Minor – Applied Music N/A
Music Minor – Music History and Literature N/A
Music Minor – Music Technology N/A
Master of Music – Composition 2-Year Plan pdf_32
Master of Music – Conducting 2-Year Plan pdf_32
Master of Music – Music Education 2-Year Plan pdf_32
Master of Music – Performance 2-Year Plan pdf_32
Master of Music – Music Technology 2-Year Plan pdf_32
Other Opportunities – Second Discipline in Music Technology N/A
Graduate Program
The M.M. in Music Performance gives students an opportunity to work extensively with a teacher/mentor to improve their technical and interpretative skills and to broaden their solo performing repertory. Students take supporting courses in the literature of their instrument or voice type, advanced analysis, and the history of music. The capstone is a full solo recital that demonstrates proficiency in performing a broad range of musical styles.
Strings Faculty
Name Title Email Profile
Elisha Elisha, Larisa Dr. Associate Professor
Coordinator of Upper Strings;
Elisha Elisha, Steven Dr. Associate Professor
Director of Orchestras; Head, Strings Area;
Cello / Bass
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Last updated: 8/11/2017