Greek-American violist Elyse Dalabakis is a multifaceted musician, performance scholar and researcher, arts administrator, and arts advocate who has earned a distinguished reputation as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout the USA and Australasia. Ms Dalabakis records and performs often as a studio and pit musician, has presented multiple solo recitals in NZ and abroad, and plays regularly with various regional NZ orchestras and casually with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Ms Dalabakis has performed in chamber series and festivals around the world, recently as guest artist and teacher for the inaugural New Zealand edition of RimuFest, Chamber Music New Zealand, and Adam Chamber Music Festival, and enjoys collaborating with other artists and performers across varied mediums and genres. Most recently, she presented her PhD research about Dimitris Dragatakis and his Concerto for Viola at the 46th International Viola Congress in Poland and undertook an artist residency at the Greek Music Archives (Athens, Greece). She currently serves as Board Treasurer for the International Viola Society and is the youngest-ever elected board member since the society began in 1973.
Ms Dalabakis has a passion for music education and arts administration/management. During the week she can be found in the New Zealand String Quartet Trust office as their Marketing Administrator, and on the weekends, she supervises the Raroa Music Centre in Johnsonville. Her enthusiastic and positive approach to her work and collaborations has garnered her a high level of respect within music education, performance, and administration spheres within NZ and abroad.
Ms Dalabakis graduated with a Bachelor of Music in performance from The Florida State University (2014), and shortly thereafter relocated to Wellington, NZ to pursue a Master of Music degree in performance at the New Zealand School of Music at the Victoria University of Wellington (2015). She’s now a PhD candidate in her final year, and continues to work under the tutelage of Professor Donald Maurice.