A New York native, Désirée Elsevier was a full time regular member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York from 1987 to 2021. She currently resides in Dallas, TX.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Cornell University from what is now the Dyson School of Economics, where she also studied composition with Karl Husa and Stephen Stucky. She went on to receive a Bachelor and Master's degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Lillian Fuchs and Karen Tuttle.
Desiree Elsevier is a member of Classical Tahoe, a summer festival orchestra in Lake Tahoe, NV https://classicaltahoe.org/. Also check out PBS Reno's special on the Pandemic concerts at Classical Tahoe in the summer of 2020 https://watch.pbsreno.org/video/classical-tahoe-episode-1-o9zb2o/ (look at minute 5:58!).
A member of the World Orchestra for Peace (founded by Sir Georg Solti, now led by Valery Gergiev), which performs concerts in the name of world peace and harmony across the world, from Chicago to Beijing. http://www.worldorchestraforpeace.com/
An avid chamber musician, she appears frequently in the Dallas area!
Desiree Elsevier is a coach at the Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East formerly of Bennington, VT https://cmceast.org/
And she is also a coach at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland since 2015 https://www.verbierfestival.com/en/
She performed the Bartok Concerto for Viola and Orchestra in May 2018 in Portland, OR with the Sunnyside Symphony, and in October 2013 with the Greeley Philarmonic in Colorado. In February 2013, she premiered Glen Cortese's Viola Concerto for viola and chamber orchestra in Buffalo, NY. http://glencortese.com/
Her first job was as Assistant Principal Viola in the Orchestra di San Carlo in Naples, Italy, where she learned to drive, and to argue (negotiate) in Italian. https://www.teatrosancarlo.it/en/
She can also be heard on numerous soundtracks and albums: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/desiree-elsevier-mn0000104753
Desiree Elsevier's viola is made by Otto Stam, 1972, instrument no. 105. The color of the stain used on the instrument is called "drakenbloed" or dragon blood. http://www.stam-vioolbouw.nl/
When she’s not playing the viola, she is trying to make the great American short film, learning the best ways to tell stories. In addiction she knits, she gardens, she’s an avid reader, an amateur writer, and is an accidental triathlete.
The best thing she ever did was to have two children, who are now two amazing and completely launched adults!
photo credit Michael Benabib