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Evan Elsley trained in solo violin performance and orchestral leading at both the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of Sydney Music Department, having been awarded a scholarship. His teachers included Robert Ingram, Carl Pini, Sir Peter Platt and Eric Gross. Mr Elsley was leader of the Sydney University String Quartet and Pro Musica Orchestra. He undertook postgraduate study with the international violin competition specialist Stanislaw Kawalla at the Warsaw Conservatorium.
Mr Elsley performs as a soloist, ensemble leader and concert master, including for the ABC, Musica Viva, the Sydney Festival and Burbank Studios. He also performs in events for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and the Moscow Ballet. As a soloist, Mr Elsley has performed live for audiences of up to 13,000 people. He has also performed in world premieres for the International Society for Contemporary Music and has recorded with EMI, Festival, Larrikin, K-tel, Film Australia, 2MBS FM and ABC Radio.
In addition to performing, Mr Elsley has taught at the University of New South Wales. He has held Director of String positions at Kambala and Waverley College, as well as at St Piran’s in England. He also presents seminars for teachers and adjudicates eisteddfods.
Mr Elsley’s research interests include the use of a systematic thought process to create natural virtuosic ability. He has also defined previously intuitive physical movements as new teachable techniques in his book Violin Diploma Technique, Principles of Talent.