Recognized as one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation, Elissa Lee Koljonen has thrilled audiences and critics in over one hundred cities throughout the world. Ms. Koljonen initially received international acclaim when she became the first recipient of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Award and the silver medal at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. Her playing has been lauded for its “boundless technique and musicianship” (Chicago Tribune) and “assured technique…unflinching purpose and confidence” (Detroit News); and as “sparkling, sensual and personal” (Helsingin Sanomat).
Ms. Koljonen has performed in some of the world’s most important venues, including the Vienna Musikverein, Salzburg Mozarteum, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Barbican Centre (London), Seoul Arts Center, and Symphony Hall (Boston). She has performed recitals in musical capitals including London, Amsterdam, Salzburg, Seoul, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York, and she appears regularly at chamber music festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She has collaborated with such noted conductors as Mattias Bamert, the late James DePreist, Lawrence Foster, Neeme Järvi, Andrew Litton, and the late Bryden Thomson.
Elissa Lee Koljonen is a protégé of the late Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music. Through his influence, she continues the legacy and tradition of Leopold Auer and his legendary school of violin playing.