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Elisha, Rocker to perform in faculty recital April 23
Dr. Larisa Elisha

Internationally acclaimed violinist Dr. Larisa Elisha will perform a faculty artist recital with pianist Dr. Karla Rocker on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Carol A. Carter Recital Hall on the Statesboro campus of Georgia Southern University.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will include Alfred Schnittke - Suite in the Old Style (Op.80), César Franck - Violin Sonata in A Major and Sergei Prokofiev – Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94a.

“This program consists of some of my favorite works for violin and piano,” said Elisha. “The unique nature of each work on the program, which historically and stylistically draws connections between Russian and French musical traditions, brings a delightful combination of colorful and expressive experiences.”

As a soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue, Elisha has  performed and taught extensively throughout Russia, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Holland, Norway, Taiwan, Lithuania and the United States. Elisha was the concertmaster of the Witold Lutoslawski State Philharmonic, principal violinist of the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director and first violinist of the Wratislavia String Quartet. She was professor of Violin, Chamber Music and Pedagogy at the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland.

Elisha is heard regularly in solo and chamber music performances, including Summit, Sunflower and other national and international music festivals. She is the violinist and co-founder of the Elaris Duo with cellist Steven Elisha. As winners of the prestigious Global Music Award, in the duo and new release categories, the Elaris Duo’s recent MSR-Classics release, DUO VIRTUOSO II: Works for Violin and Cello - Honegger, Ravel, Schulhoff, has received acclaim and was featured in Fanfare, Gramophone, American Record Guide as well as other noted music publications. The Duo’s MSR-Classics re-release, DUO VIRTUOSO, also received critical acclaim from Fanfare Magazine, Atlanta Audio Society, American Record Guide, Malcolm Tattersall’s “Music & Vision,” Turok’s Choice and BBC Music.

As a master teacher, Elisha maintains a very successful studio. Many of her students are winners of national/international competitions, have graduated from major music schools and conservatories and have successful performing and teaching careers. Elisha is the author of “Advanced Scale Studies for Violin and Advanced Scale Studies for Viola.”

As a performer-clinician, she frequently presents performances, lectures and master classes at national and international music festivals, conferences and universities. Elisha belongs to numerous professional and honors organizations and has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2008 Kansas Governor’s Arts Award, the Kansas Federation of Music Club’s Musicians of the Year Award, a Chamber Music America Residency grant, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and an honorary lifetime membership to Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI).

Continuing the tradition of Russian violinist David Oistrakh, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Lunacharsky State Conservatory of Belarus in Minsk, where she was a student and teaching assistant of Professor Olga Parkhomienko, one of Oistrakh’s noted protégés. Elisha earned her doctorate degree at the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw. She is currently Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Upper Strings Studies at Georgia Southern University.

 Rocker joined the faculty as staff accompanist at Georgia Southern University in fall 2002 after completing her doctoral degree in piano accompanying and chamber music at Florida State University under the direction of Dr. Carolyn Bridger. A native Texan, Rocker holds a degree in piano performance from New Mexico State University and a master of music degree in piano accompanying from Arizona State University.

 After completing her master’s degree, Rocker worked at West Texas A&M University as the staff accompanist for the opera and choral programs. Rocker is often asked to perform on harpsichord as a continuo player and has studied with Dr. Karyl Louwenaar and Janet Loman. She has performed extensively in the Southwest for vocal and instrumental recitals and choral and church concerts.

She was the recipient of the Florida State University Fellowship for the 2001-2 academic year. Rocker is a member of The Hachidori Trio with Jennifer Dalmas and Evgeni Raychev. In May 2002, the group competed in the semi-final round of the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. Chosen to represent FSU, the trio traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, as Promising Young Artists of the 21st century, fall 2000. They have performed the Beethoven “Triple” concerto with orchestras in Virginia, Bulgaria and Florida (winners of the Florida State University Doctoral Concerto Competition.)