"The orchestra was at one with her "
B. Ory Lavollée
Concertmaster

 

"A World-Class Concertmaster" (Neue Musik Zeitung)

 

Elissa Cassini is regularly invited as a guest-concertmaster in some of Europe's leading symphonic and chamber orchestras:

 

-Münchener Kammerorchester under John Storgards 

-Helsinki Philharmonic under John Storgards and Michael Francis 

-Orchestre National de Lyon under Pascal Rophé

 

Elissa Cassini's Concertmaster Experience:

 

Elissa was the Arcos Chamber Orchestra's original concertmaster. Co-founder of this “extraordinary ensemble of the highest standard” (C. Schluren) in New York, in 2005 alongside artistic director John-Edward Kelly, Arcos collaborated with composers such as Kalevi Aho, Samuel Adler, Anders Eliasson, Juho Kangas, Krzysztof Meyer and Dimitri Terzakis.

 

Elissa’s first major European concertmaster invitation was under Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival Academy in 2009. Under Maestro Boulez, she performed Berio’s Sinfonia, Boulez’s Notations and also worked with him in person on his Anthèmes I for Solo Violin. That same year she was chosen to lead William Christie's Baroque Ensemble in New York, for his Juilliard School residency.

 

In 2011, Elissa was appointed to the shared concertmaster position at the Orquestra Sinfônica Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro under Maestro Isaac Karabtchevsky. The OPES remains one of the most active and dynamic orchestras in Brazil.