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Evan Elsley


Examiner Number: 168

Violinist Evan Elsley, a university scholarship recipient, studied Violin at Sydney University and at the Sydney and Warsaw Conservatoriums. He has held Director of String positions in England and Australia and teaches at tertiary level. Evan is regularly asked to adjudicate eisteddfods and conduct workshops. His students have won numerous scholarships, been awarded diplomas, degrees and have entered the profession. As a performer he works as a soloist and ensemble leader. His concert engagements for organisations including the ABC, Musica Viva, Sydney Festival, conservatoriums and arts councils have received critical press acclaim. World premieres include works by major Australasian composers. Recordings have been on EMI, Festival, Larrikin and K Tel labels and his television credits range through numerous midday and morning shows, ABC music specials, soaps and films. He has played in pop videos and commercials for both local and international markets.

Evan has performed solo club acts, had international hotel residencies, done front acts for pop stars, ranging from Johnny O'Keefe to Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, entertained movie stars from Audrey Hepburn to Nicole Kidman and appeared in repeat performances for the Queen. His clients have ranged of from prime ministers to world religious leaders and high-profile criminals. He has led numerous film and commercial orchestras, Viennese, salon, Gypsy ensembles, performed concertos and solo recitals and played Stroviol in swing bands. He has been booked to entertain other musicians and their promotional organisations, which include Elton John, Moscow Ballet, Australian Ballet, Royal Amsterdam, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. His freelance experience includes the standard musicals, orchestras and bands for visiting acts. The print profile has been with many women's magazines. His performance company, Elsley Ensembles Pty Ltd, has an established referral history of performing for celebrities, commercial and tourist industries, world leaders and royalty.

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