ABOUT

 

Finnish-born, New York based conductor, ELISA TALVITIE, is rapidly gaining recognition among orchestras for her dedicated artistry and dynamic leadership. Accomplished music director, pianist, educator and published music writer before committing herself to orchestral conducting, she has a proven track record for excellence, aligning with numerous organizations’ artistic, financial and educational objectives. Her detailed musical craftsmanship and broad perspective to the art form have inspired professionals, concert audiences and aspiring student musicians in Finland, around Europe and in her current homeland, the United States.

Elisa Talvitie is one of the featured conductors at the Sounds of Arts Festival in Queens, NY in November 2018. Over the past summer she performed the Stravinsky L’Oiseau de Feu Suite with the Music in the Alps Festival Orchestra in Austria, and worked as an assistant conductor in the Festival’s production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The program also presented works by Mozart and Brahms. Previously one of the shortlisted candidates for the Respighi Prize in Conducting, she received an invitation to work with the Chamber Orchestra of New York in June 2017. In August 2017 she debuted with the Seinäjoki Orchestra in her native Finland and with the Saratoga Orchestra in Whidbey Island, WA.

She has guest conducted several other professional orchestras in the US and in Europe including the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, the Astoria Symphony Orchestra, the Medomak Symphony Orchestra, the Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and the Filharmonie Bohuslava Martinu in Czechia. She was previously the music director and conductor of the Helsinki Opera Ensemble, a university music student collective, and collaborated in a Baroque opera production with the Finnish-American theater director Johanna Freundlich. She gained choral conducting experience as the assistant conductor of the University of Helsinki chamber choir SOL, and has also worked and performed with other semi-professional and music school orchestras, such as the South London Sinfonietta, UK, and the Panula Institute Chamber Orchestra, the Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Tapiola Bach Strings, Finland. In 2000–2003 she was the designated artistic director of the Raudaskylän Soiva Kesä Music Festival and Master Classes in western Finland.

Elisa Talvitie began her studies in orchestral conducting with David Gilbert (formerly principal conductor of the American Ballet Theater and principal guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic) and with Glen Barton Cortese at Manhattan School of Music, from which she graduated with honors. She is currently studying with Professor Kenneth Kiesler (University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance). Her other conducting teachers and mentors include Atso Almila, Jorma Panula, Diane Wittry, Markand Thakar and Donald Schleicher, among others.

Elisa Talvitie has participated in numerous conducting master classes and workshops in Europe and in the U.S. She received a master’s degree in musicology (performance practice and pedagogy) from the University of Helsinki and a bachelor of music degree in classical piano performance, conducting and composition from Manhattan School of Music. Furthermore, she has acquired a professional piano performance diploma from the Kuopio Conservatory, Finland, and completed a post-graduate program in music education and educational philosophy at Columbia University, New York City. Before embarking on professional studies in music she was a pre-college student at the Kuopio Conservatory and graduated from the Kuopio High School of Music. She has been awarded the Finlandia Foundation Fellowship and was featured in the National Dean’s List of The American Association for Higher Education.

A versatile instrumentalist performing on piano, organ, harpsichord and violin, Elisa Talvitie has appeared in concerts as orchestra soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She was a longtime lied partner to a soprano soloist of the Estonian National Opera, Nadia Kurem, and founded the Strada Duo together with violist Victoria Voronyansky. She was the supply organist and music director at Christ Lutheran Church, NYC, 2016—2017.

As a teacher Elisa Talvitie maintains a studio of private piano students of all ages and levels. While in Finland, she worked in service of the country’s acclaimed system of music schools for nearly ten years and was on the faculties of the Espoo Music Institute and the Lohja Music Institute in the Helsinki metropolitan area. She has appeared as a guest speaker and lecturer at music festivals, colleges and adult education centers.

Her passion for advocating for the arts and for arts education objectives brought Elisa Talvitie both national and international acclaim already at a young age. Known for her skill in negotiating and cultural diplomacy—and for her unique ability and willingness to work across the aisle—she has been a trusted adviser to such notable arts organizations as The Finnish Music Council and The Conservatoire Association of Finland. From 2008 to 2011 she was an advisory board member in a major music education research project launched and funded by the Finnish National Agency for Education. In 2010 she was appointed by The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland to serve as the Senior Adviser for Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of Finland in New York. During her tenure at the Finnish consulate, Elisa Talvitie collaborated with, e.g., the New York Philharmonic Education’s Very Young Composers International, helping to put together a new satellite program for young composers in New York and in Finland. Other partners in the initiative included the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish National Opera Orchestra and the Helsinki University of the Arts Sibelius Academy. Elisa Talvitie also served as one of the artistic and programmatic advisers to The Bard Music Festival and the American Symphony Orchestra in their efforts to create a Sibelius themed music festival, which took place in the summer of 2011. She was appointed Director of Program Development and Strategic Partnerships at Barenboim-Said Foundation (USA) in September 2017 and in that position had an integral role in advancing the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s 2018 US Tour.

A prolific writer on music and art related subjects, Elisa Talvitie’s articles have been published in, e.g., the Chamber Music magazine and in the Pianisti magazine, for which she served editor-in-chief in 2002—2003, as well as in several music festival publications.

Elisa Talvitie is a member of the Conductors Guild.

ABOUT

 

Finnish-born, New York based conductor, ELISA TALVITIE, is rapidly gaining recognition among orchestras for her dedicated artistry and dynamic leadership. Accomplished music director, pianist, educator and published music writer before committing herself to orchestral conducting, she has a proven track record for excellence, aligning with numerous organizations’ artistic, financial and educational objectives. Her detailed musical craftsmanship and broad perspective to the art form have inspired professionals, concert audiences and aspiring student musicians in Finland, around Europe and in her current homeland, the United States.

Elisa Talvitie is one of the featured conductors at the Sounds of Arts Festival in Queens, NY in November 2018. Over the past summer she performed the Stravinsky L’Oiseau de Feu Suite with the Music in the Alps Festival Orchestra in Austria, and worked as an assistant conductor in the Festival’s production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The program also presented works by Mozart and Brahms. Previously one of the shortlisted candidates for the Respighi Prize in Conducting, she received an invitation to work with the Chamber Orchestra of New York in June 2017. In August 2017 she debuted with the Seinäjoki Orchestra in her native Finland and with the Saratoga Orchestra in Whidbey Island, WA.

She has guest conducted several other professional orchestras in the US and in Europe including the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, the Astoria Symphony Orchestra, the Medomak Symphony Orchestra, the Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and the Filharmonie Bohuslava Martinu in Czechia. She was previously the music director and conductor of the Helsinki Opera Ensemble, a university music student collective, and collaborated in a Baroque opera production with the Finnish-American theater director Johanna Freundlich. She gained choral conducting experience as the assistant conductor of the University of Helsinki chamber choir SOL, and has also worked and performed with other semi-professional and music school orchestras, such as the South London Sinfonietta, UK, and the Panula Institute Chamber Orchestra, the Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Tapiola Bach Strings, Finland. In 2000–2003 she was the designated artistic director of the Raudaskylän Soiva Kesä Music Festival and Master Classes in western Finland.

Elisa Talvitie began her studies in orchestral conducting with David Gilbert (formerly principal conductor of the American Ballet Theater and principal guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic) and with Glen Barton Cortese at Manhattan School of Music, from which she graduated with honors. She is currently studying with Professor Kenneth Kiesler (University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance). Her other conducting teachers and mentors include Atso Almila, Jorma Panula, Diane Wittry, Markand Thakar and Donald Schleicher, among others.

Elisa Talvitie has participated in numerous conducting master classes and workshops in Europe and in the U.S. She received a master’s degree in musicology (performance practice and pedagogy) from the University of Helsinki and a bachelor of music degree in classical piano performance, conducting and composition from Manhattan School of Music. Furthermore, she has acquired a professional piano performance diploma from the Kuopio Conservatory, Finland, and completed a post-graduate program in music education and educational philosophy at Columbia University, New York City. Before embarking on professional studies in music she was a pre-college student at the Kuopio Conservatory and graduated from the Kuopio High School of Music. She has been awarded the Finlandia Foundation Fellowship and was featured in the National Dean’s List of The American Association for Higher Education.

A versatile instrumentalist performing on piano, organ, harpsichord and violin, Elisa Talvitie has appeared in concerts as orchestra soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She was a longtime lied partner to a soprano soloist of the Estonian National Opera, Nadia Kurem, and founded the Strada Duo together with violist Victoria Voronyansky. She was the supply organist and music director of Christ Lutheran Church, NYC, 2016—2017.

As a teacher Elisa Talvitie maintains a studio of private piano students of all ages and levels. While in Finland, she worked in service of the country’s acclaimed system of music schools for nearly ten years and was on the faculties of the Espoo Music Institute and the Lohja Music Institute in the Helsinki metropolitan area. She has appeared as a guest speaker and lecturer at music festivals, colleges and adult education centers.

Her passion for advocating for the arts and for arts education objectives brought Elisa Talvitie both national and international acclaim already at a young age. Known for her skill in negotiating and cultural diplomacy—and for her unique ability and willingness to work across the aisle—she has been a trusted adviser to such notable arts organizations as The Finnish Music Council and The Conservatoire Association of Finland. From 2008 to 2011 she was an advisory board member in a major music education research project launched and funded by the Finnish National Agency for Education. In 2010 she was appointed by The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland to serve as the Senior Adviser for Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of Finland in New York. During her tenure at the Finnish consulate, Elisa Talvitie collaborated with, e.g., the New York Philharmonic Education’s Very Young Composers International, helping to put together a new satellite program for young composers in New York and in Finland. Other partners in the initiative included the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish National Opera Orchestra and the Helsinki University of the Arts Sibelius Academy. Elisa Talvitie also served as one of the artistic and programmatic advisers to The Bard Music Festival and the American Symphony Orchestra in their efforts to create a Sibelius themed music festival, which took place in the summer of 2011. She was appointed Director of Program Development and Strategic Partnerships at Barenboim-Said Foundation (USA) in September 2017 and in that position had an integral role in advancing the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s 2018 US Tour.

A prolific writer on music and art related subjects, Elisa Talvitie’s articles have been published in, e.g., the Chamber Music magazine and in the Pianisti magazine, for which she served editor-in-chief in 2002—2003, as well as in several music festival publications.

Elisa Talvitie is a member of the Conductors Guild.

Performances & Partnerships