ABOUT
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Elise is a New York-based violist who performs and records classical, contemporary, and popular music. She currently serves as an Executive Board member of AFM Local 802, where she is a passionate labor and political advocate for musicians in the workplace. Her performances have taken her across the country and to concert venues  such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, The Beacon Theatre, New York's Town Hall, SXSW, as well as downtown clubs and performance spaces. She has appeared on various major and independent label albums, as well as Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, America’s Got Talent!, and the Amazon Prime Original Series Mozart in the Jungle.

 

Elise has performed with a number of orchestras throughout the country including the American Ballet Theatre, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, among others. She also performs on Broadway and off-Broadway as a substitute musician. She recently held the viola chair for the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the longest-running Yiddish theatre company.

 

Artists she has performed with include Paul Simon, St. Vincent, Danger Mouse, Alessia Cara, Julia Michaels, Jon Batiste, Kygo, Halsey, Meghan Trainor, Andrew Bird, Pharaohe Monch, Jacky Cheung, Kelis, Shallou, Pink Martini, Shoshana Bean, Cynthia Erivo, Grace McLean, Santino Fontana, Nathan Gunn, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Falls, Landlady, Cassandra Jenkins, and the Airborne Toxic Event. 

An active recording musician, Elise has appeared on multiple major and indie label albums, including Jon Batiste's Hollywood Africans (Verve Records), Danger Mouse's Resistance Radio: Man in the High Castle (30th Century Records), among others. She records frequently for artists on Mason Jar Music and Likeminds Music. She has also appeared on numerous orchestral recordings.

Elise especially enjoys performing in solo and collaborative projects, and has been fortunate to work with inspiring and creative musicians along the way. As a soloist, she gave the New York premiere of Sally Beamish's Viola Concerto No. 2, The Seafarer, with the Chelsea Symphony. She gave a recital of viola and piano works by female composers who were from, or had lived in, New York at the historic St. Paul's Chapel of Trinity Church Wall Street with acclaimed Portuguese pianist, Nuno da Silva Marques on the Trinity Church Allegro Concert Series. In 2021, she is scheduled to present a recital at the same venue featuring works by American composers. She also performed at the opening of the new Whitney Museum in New York's Meatpacking district with the Velvet Underground's John Cale along to Andy Warhol's film, Empire, with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. Elise and Nuno are co-founders of Atlantic Collective, a group that performs socially thematic programs with an emphasis on new and underperformed works by underrepresented composers.

 

Elise is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and NYU, where she served as Adjunct Instructor of Viola. She serves as a faculty member at the 92nd Street Y. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and their young son.