Currently living in the Bay Area, Elyse Weakley has built a broad base of colleagues and collaborators. She has taken part in a wide array of musical projects serving many roles including: music director, pianist, vocalist and composer. Throughout her career she has performed many contemporary works and has frequently collaborated directly with composers and songwriters in recording and presenting their music including George Hurd, and Charles Gorczynski (Redwood Tango Ensemble).
RTE recently released their latest album, Prizefighter on Ears&Eyes Records and completed two tours of North America in 2017 and 2018. The Hurd Ensemble was featured last season at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and their album Navigation without Numbers is available on Innova Recordings. Other appearances include a concert of Solo Piano and Electronics at the Center for New Music.es include works for Solo Piano and Electronics under the banner of Switchboard Presents at the Center for New Music. Read a review of the concert published by the San Francisco Classical Voice here. In March of 2014 Elyse was the featured soloist with the Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra presenting Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F Major, K. 413.
Before relocating to the Bay Area, Elyse completed a Masters of Music in Piano Performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts studying with Clifton Matthews and spent two summers at the Brevard Music Center as an apprentice vocal coach for the Janiec Opera Company under the direction of Andrew Campbell. While pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Colorado College Elyse studied piano with Susan Grace of the acclaimed piano duo Quattro Mani. Also, Elyse performed with diverse ensembles like the Collegium Musicum, an early music vocal and instrumental group with whom she toured China and Taiwan in 2001. As a freshman, she auditioned successfully for the internationally recognized Bowed Piano Ensemble, a group of ten student, faculty and staff musicians. The ensemble has performed at world-renowned venues like the Sydney Opera House, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, performing works by contemporary composer (and ensemble founder) Stephen Scott. During her tenure they toured the West Coast and New England and recorded Entrada for BMI. In preparation for a piano concerto performance with the Chamber Orchestra Elyse was awarded a Venture Grant to travel to London for lessons with the renowned teacher Benjamin Kaplan. Following college, she moved to London for a year to continue studies with Professor Kaplan.