Short Bio

Virtuoso violinist Elbert Tsai leads a multifaceted career as a recitalist and sought-after pedagogue. He currently serves on the violin faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory Pre-College as well as Center Stage Strings, an MPulse Institute at the University of Michigan School of Music. Previously, he taught violin and chamber music at the Luzerne Music Center, Crowden School, and SFCM Collegiate Division. His recitals, which often celebrate the short showpieces and gems of the instrument’s 450-year musical history, have been featured recently at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute, Scripps College, Le Petit Trianon Theatre, and Colburn School for the Performing Arts. Before embarking on a solo and teaching career, Elbert was a member of the San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, touring with the symphony throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.  He holds degrees from the University of Southern California, Rice University, and Oberlin College. For more information, please visit www.elberttsai.com.

 

Medium Bio

Virtuoso violinist Elbert Tsai leads a multifaceted career as a recitalist and sought-after pedagogue. Widely praised as a teacher and educator, Elbert serves as a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory Pre-College as well as Center Stage Strings, an Mpulse Institute at the University of Michigan School of Music. Previously, he taught violin and chamber music at the Luzerne Music Center, Crowden School, and SFCM Collegiate Division.

Elbert's solo recitals, which often celebrate the short showpieces and gems of the instrument’s 450-year musical history, have been featured recently at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute, Scripps College, Le Petit Trianon Theatre, and Colburn School for the Performing Arts. As a soloist, Elbert has appeared with the Sacramento Symphony, Bear Valley Music Festival, Oakland Opera Theater, and National Repertory Orchestra, often performing concertos featuring his own original cadenzas. Before embarking on a solo and teaching career, Elbert was an orchestral violinist, winning positions with the San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, subsequently touring to renowned concert halls in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Elbert holds degrees from the University of Southern California, Rice University, and Oberlin College, where he majored in violin and computer science and completed a minor in piano performance. His principal teachers and musical mentors include Robert Lipsett, Paul Kantor, Greg Fulkerson, Ken Goldsmith, Anne Crowden, Joel Smirnoff, and Paul Katz.

Elbert performs on an outstanding violin made by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, the “ex-Sophie Hummler.” For more information, please visit www.elberttsai.com.