Short Bio

Virtuoso violinist Elbert Tsai leads a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, and sought-after pedagogue. He currently serves on the violin faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory Pre-College as well as Center Stage Strings at the University of Michigan School of Music. Guest faculty appointments include the Oberlin Conservatory and SFCM Collegiate Division, and he previously taught at the Luzerne Music Center and Crowden School. His students have soloed with orchestras throughout the Bay Area and participated in international programs such as the Morningside Music Bridge and Menuhin Competition (Junior Division). He maintains an active performing schedule, his recitals having been featured recently at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Pomona College, Le Petit Trianon Theatre, and Colburn School for the Performing Arts. Early in his professional career, Elbert won positions with 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 soloist, chamber musician, 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 at the University of Michigan School of Music. Guest faculty appointments include the Oberlin Conservatory and SFCM Collegiate Division, and he previously taught at the Luzerne Music Center and Crowden School. His students have soloed with orchestras throughout the Bay Area and participated in international programs such as the Morningside Music Bridge and Menuhin Competition (Junior Division).

Elbert maintains an active performing schedule which includes chamber music, recital, and concerto engagements. His solo recital programs include a wide variety of concert pieces, and have been featured recently at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute, Pomona College, Le Petit Trianon Theatre, and Colburn School for the Performing Arts. As a soloist, Elbert has appeared with the Bear Valley Music Festival, Oakland Opera Theater, Cambrian Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, and Sacramento Symphony, often performing concertos with his own original cadenzas. Early in his professional career, Elbert won 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.