Greek-American violist Dr. Elyse Dalabakis is a multifaceted musician, performance scholar, and arts advocate who has earned a distinguished reputation as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, creative director, and arts administrator throughout the USA and Australasia. Dr. Dalabakis records and performs often as a studio and pit musician, has presented multiple solo recitals in NZ and abroad, and plays regularly with orchestras and ensembles throughout New Zealand. She serves as violist and core member of the Harikoa Collective, artists-in-residence and founders of RimuFest Chamber Music Festival which is held annually in New Zealand and Mexico.
Dr. Dalabakis performs in chamber music series, festivals, and for music academies around the world, such as the biannual RimuFest Chamber Music Festival Concert Series, International Viola Congress, Chamber Music New Zealand Encompass Series, and the biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival and enjoys collaborating with other artists and performers across varied mediums. Most recently, she presented her Ph.D. research at the 46th International Viola Congress in Poland and undertook a research residency at the Greek Music Archives (Athens, Greece). Dr. Dalabakis currently serves as Board Treasurer for the International Viola Society and as Committee Member and Webmaster for the Australian and New Zealand Viola Society.
Dr. Dalabakis has a passion for music education and arts 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, an initiative through the New Zealand Ministry of Education which caters to 300+ families in the Greater Wellington Region. 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.
Dr. Dalabakis graduated with a Bachelor of Music in viola performance from the Florida State University (2014), and shortly thereafter relocated to Wellington, New Zealand to pursue a Master of Music in viola performance at the Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand School of Music (2015) under the tutelage of Professor Donald Maurice. Dr. Dalabakis went on to pursue her Ph.D. in Music and focused her research on digital humanities and how to advance and promote the legacy and works of lesser known composers, specifically in the case of Greek composer Dimitris Dragatakis and his Concerto for Viola (2020).