Elbert Tsai


San Francisco, CA
15 Played at 15 groupmuses!

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Virtuoso violinist Elbert Tsai leads a multifaceted career as a recitalist and sought-after pedagogue. His recitals, which often celebrate the short showpieces and gems of the instrument’s 450-year musical history, have been featured recently at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute, YES Foundation for the Arts, Throckmorton Theatre, Scripps College, Le Petit Trianon Theatre, and Colburn School for the Performing Arts. As a soloist, Elbert has appeared with the Bear Valley Music Festival, Oakland Opera Theater, National Repertory Orchestra, and Sacramento Symphony, often performing concertos featuring his own original cadenzas. Before embarking on a solo and chamber music career, Elbert was an orchestral violinist, winning positions with the San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Symphony orchestras. From 2006 to 2016, he shared the stage with many of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists and toured to renowned concert halls in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Widely praised as a teacher and educator, Elbert has taught violin and chamber music as a faculty member of Center Stage Strings and the Luzerne Music Center. As a guest artist, he has presented masterclasses at the University of Michigan School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory. Additionally, he has been appointed to the violin faculty of the SFCM Pre- College Division and coaches chamber music at the Crowden School in Berkeley.

Elbert holds degrees from the University of Southern California, Rice University, and Oberlin College, where he majored in violin and computer science and completed a minor in piano performance. His principal teachers and musical mentors include Robert Lipsett, Paul Kantor, Greg Fulkerson, Ken Goldsmith, Anne Crowden, Joel Smirnoff, and Paul Katz.

Elbert performs on an outstanding violin made by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, the “ex-Sophie Hummler.” For more information, please visit www.elberttsai.com.

Traditional Repertoire

previous Groupmuse material includes:
Korngold Suite - Much Ado About Nothing
De Falla - Danse Espagnole
Granados - Spanish Dance "Andaluza"
Albeniz - Tango trans. Kreisler
Franck - Sonata for Violin and Piano
Poulenc - Sonata for Violin and Piano
Saint-Saens - Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano
Beethoven - Archduke Trio
Beethoven - Trio Op. 70 No. 2 in E-flat Major
Brahms - Trio No. 3 in C minor


Performed groupmuses (15)

Former San Francisco Symphony violinist plays virtuoso program of Dvořák, Beethoven and Saint-Saëns!

  • Friday, September 8, 2017, at 6:30 PM
  • Upper Civic Center, SF

This groupmuse happened about 5 years ago

Chamber Duos and Trio in a Beautiful Setting

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 7:00 PM
  • Berkeley Hills, Berkeley Berkeley, CA

This groupmuse happened over 5 years ago

String Trio Music in Berkeley

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 7:00 PM
  • Berkeley Hills Berkeley, CA

This groupmuse happened over 5 years ago

Cozy Cole Valley

  • Friday, April 7, 2017, at 8:00 PM
  • Cole Valley, SF

This groupmuse happened over 5 years ago

Brahms Clarinet Quintet Massivemuse at Monument

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 6:00 PM
  • South of Market, SF San Francisco, CA
  • $20 tickets ($10 for supermusers}

This groupmuse happened almost 6 years ago

Backyard views of the Sierra (quartet)

  • Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 2:00 PM
  • Golden Gate, Oakland Oakland, CA

This groupmuse happened 12 months ago

Festival Rolland 2021: Beethoven op. 59 no. 1 with the Sierra Quartet

  • Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 6:00 PM
  • San Francisco

This groupmuse happened about 1 year ago

Festival Rolland 2021: Dvořák Piano Quintet with Ian Scarfe and the Sierra Quartet

  • Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 3:00 PM
  • San Francisco

This groupmuse happened about 1 year ago

🌷Muse at Gamble Garden

  • Friday, September 17, 2021, at 7:00 PM
  • Old Palo Alto, Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA

This groupmuse happened about 1 year ago

SOMA Art Loft Holiday Party!

  • Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 7:30 PM
  • South of Market, San Francisco

This groupmuse happened almost 3 years ago

Hot Summer Strings--Janacek and Schubert

  • Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 7:30 PM
  • San Jose/Rosegarden

This groupmuse happened over 3 years ago

Spring Music Party

  • Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 2:00 PM
  • San Jose San Jose, CA

This groupmuse happened over 3 years ago

Welcome back, Mosa!

  • Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 7:30 PM
  • Kensington, CA

This groupmuse happened over 4 years ago

Encore, Encore, in Kensington!

  • Friday, February 9, 2018, at 7:30 PM
  • Kensington, CA

This groupmuse happened almost 5 years ago

Embassy Groupmuse July

  • Sunday, July 30, 2017, at 7:30 PM
  • Lower Haight, San Francisco

This groupmuse happened over 5 years ago