Seattle Symphony Appoints Elisa Barston Principal Second Violinist

Classic Arts News   Seattle Symphony Appoints Elisa Barston Principal Second Violinist
The Seattle Symphony has announced that Elisa Barston will be joining the orchestra as principal second violinist. Barston was a regular guest in that chair during the 2005 _2006 season, before auditioning for the permanent position.

Barston has also performed with the orchestra as soloist. Last May she played David Stock's Concierto cubano, which was part of the Made in America Festival: Part 2; she will have another solo role this season when she joins acting concertmaster Maria Larionoff in Arvo P‹rt's Tabula Rasa in February.

Barston comes to Seattle from St. Louis, where she has been associate concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra since 1996. Before that, she was a member of the first violin sections of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony.

An Illinois native, Barston made her European debut with the English Chamber Orchestra in 1987 at the request of Yehudi Menuhin. She has also appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Taipei Symphony.

Barston, who has won many prizes, received a master's in violin performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Josef Gingold. While a student, Barston was awarded the Performer's Certificate, the Jascha Heifetz Scholarship Award and the Starling Foundation Grant. She also has a bachelor's degree in violin performance from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Robert C. Lipsett.

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