Carlos Elias, violin
Carlos Elias, conductor and artistic director for Symphony in the Valley, began his musical studies at the age of 5 at the National Center of Arts in his native San Salvador.
Since 2000, he has been a member of the faculty program at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, where he directs the strings and orchestra program.
Mr. Elias also serves as concertmaster of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.
After graduating from high school in San Salvador, he
came to the United States to continue his
He graduated magna cum laude from Biola University in California in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in violin performance.
He earned his master's degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, in 1993, and an artist diploma from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 1999.
plays a 1985 violin by the late American maker Sergio Peresson.
has performed in solo recitals and with orchestras in the United States, El Salvador, Argentina, Bulgaria and Japan.
won the Biola University
Concerto Competition in 1988 and 1989, and took second place in the El Salvador Violin Competition in 1985.
In 1986, he
represented El Salvador at the World Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel.
Prior to his posting at Mesa State, he taught music at the National Center of Arts in San Salvador and was a violin instructor for the Sendai Philharmonic Junior Orchestra in Japan.
He has been a member of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra in Sendai, Japan, the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and was the assistant concertmaster of the El Salvador Symphony Orchestra.
has also participated in a variety of music festivals in Colorado and around the world, including the Aspen Music Festival, Western Slope Music Festival in Crested Butte, Music in the Mountains in Durango, Congress of Strings
in Detroit, Sarasota Music Festival in Florida, Raphael Trio Chamber Music Workshop in Vermont, Casals Festival
in Puerto Rico, Affinis Music Festival
in Nagano, Japan, and Corsi Internazionali di Musica in Italy.