Grammy® nominated violist Eliesha Nelson has a passion for performing and promoting music of neglected composers who wrote masterworks for the viola. She has been critically acclaimed in international publications for her outstanding interpretive abilities. The L.A. Times wrote of her, “She is a marvelous player... a ravishing violist...”
Eliesha Nelson was born and raised in the interior of Alaska, where she began the violin at the age of six with the Suzuki Method, and piano at age 8. Her first violin teacher, Peggy Swartz, was actually a cellist, but the Suzuki method was new in the interior of Alaska, and Mrs. Swartz was one of the few teachers for beginners. Mrs. Swartz instilled a love of music and learning that began young Eliesha’s journey towards a professional career in music.
She earned her bachelor’s of music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and an artist’s diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London through a Fulbright award. It wasn’t until a stint at the University of Texas at Austin that she began exploring a relationship with the viola. She returned to the Cleveland Instutue of Music to pursue a master’s in viola performance. Her teachers have included Robert Vernon, Linda Cerone, and György Pauk. Ms. Nelson served as acting principal viola of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra for education concerts, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and San Antonio Symphony, to name a few. One of her big passions is chamber music, which she taught for several years at ENCORE School for Strings. Ms. Nelson’s 2009 debut recording, Quincy Porter Complete Viola Works [DSL-90911], received nominations in four Grammy® categories in 2010, and won in “Best Engineered Album, Classical.”
Following graduation from Clare College, University of Cambridge, as a British Council Scholar where he read the Engineering Tripos and received his Master of Arts degree in 1998, Glen Inanga studied with Martin Roscoe at the Royal Academy of Music, London, UK, where he won several awards including the prestigious Overseas Research Students Scheme (ORS) Award. He holds the M.Mus. degree of the University of London with distinction in Piano Performance and was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2003.
As an international concert pianist soloist, he gave his New York début in September 2000, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue to a capacity audience in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Centre receiving rave reviews. Following his successful London Debut in November 2000, The Independent newspaper critic wrote: ‘Sensitive playing…he placed the melodies like valuable objects against whispered accompaniments’. In addition, his piano duo partnership with Jennifer Micallef (the Micallef-Inanga Piano Duo) is reputed to be amongst the most outstanding piano duos worldwide and continues to make an increasing impact on an ever-widening international audience. The duo have appeared as soloists with orchestras, including Bournemouth Symphony, Bayerische Rundfunk, New Bulgarian Symphony and Brno Philharmonic. Following successful debut performances in Hong Kong and Singapore as well as in the Musikverein Concert Hall, performances for the 2010-2011 season include performances in Milan, Malta and the UK.
Mr. Inanga is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) which he joined in 2007 with the task of developing a music programme. As an educator, Mr. Inanga is in constant demand as a specialist coach for piano duos and provides adjudication for piano duo competitions at leading international music conservatoires. In addition, he has presented Lecture Recitals at international symposia in the UK and Asia and works on special research projects relating to rarely performed and recorded works in the piano duo repertory as well as other genres.
Russian Viola Sonatas