“Steinway pianos are all different (as pianos ought to be) but they all have something in common: their high quality. Each unique instrument is capable of producing a vast array of colors. As painters wish to search, discover, and mix colors from a refined palette, so do pianists — hoping to paint with sounds and draw from as many subtleties as possible. Steinway pianos enable me to bring out and express various feelings appropriate for each work I perform. Thus I hope that the company will continue its mission and always put quality first. In the end, this is what true musicians recognize above all as they continue to pursue their artistic mission. Thank you, Steinway!”
Enrico Elisi has been hailed for his “mastery of elegance, refinement, and fantasy” (La Nueva España). He regularly performs to acclaim throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia and his interpretations reveal “remarkable sensitivity, imagination, and polish,” (Baltimore Sun).
In Italy he has appeared in historical settings such as La Fenice Theatre, Venice; Palazzo Vecchio, Florence; Bibiena Theatre, Mantua; Pavarotti Opera House, Modena; Teatro Comunale and Sala Bossi, Bologna; Sala dei Giganti, Padua; Sant’Anna dei Lombardi Church, Naples, as well as the Amalfi Cathedral.
Recent engagements include 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.
Elisi has been a soloist with several orchestras. An avid chamber musician, he has performed at the Taos and Ravinia Festivals and collaborated with the New Orford String Quartet.
Among his awards are top prizes in the Premio Venezia (Italy) and the Oporto International Competition (Portugal).
Elisi has commissioned works from composers of many nationalities, premiered Paul Chihara’s Two Images, at Weill Hall (available on Albany Records) as well as his latest piano work, Pastorale Reveries, and he performed music by Sciarrino, Berio, and Fedele at the University of Toronto New Music Festival during Sciarrino’s residence.
Elisi is a frequent guest at leading music festivals in America, Europe, and Asia and he has presented a myriad of masterclasses, both in conjunction with his performing engagements, in major conservatories and universities around the world. He regularly serves on the jury of several competitions.
He serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and was recently a Yellow Barn Artist in Residence.
Elisi has been a Steinway Artist since 2017.