Elicia Silverstein

Artist in Residence

Violinist Elicia Silverstein is rapidly garnering praise on the international stage for her nuanced, bold and insightful performances of repertoire ranging from the 17th to the 21st century. Recently named a 2018 BBC Music Magazine Rising Star, Silverstein is equally at home as performer on historical and modern instruments, as a soloist with orchestra, giving recitals and playing chamber music.  Her “elegant… wonderfully inventive” playing (The Strad) and her “highly emotionally intelligent” (Gramophone) approach to music making distinguish Silverstein as one of the most important musical voices of her generation.

She joined Washington National Cathedral as Artist in Residence in September 2019, and is featured in the Cathedral’s concerts and performances.

Silverstein made her London recital debut in 2015 with a sold-out concert at the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival and was featured as a soloist in the 21st Ambronay European Baroque Academy tour. Over the past several seasons, Silverstein has also appeared as a soloist with groups including the Barokkanerne (Norway), Tesserae Baroque (U.S.), Ensemble Odyssee (Netherlands), the Steinitz Bach Players (U.K.) and the Cambridge Concentus (U.S.). As a recitalist, Silverstein is a regular performer at some of the most important early music festivals and venues across Europe.

She plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin crafted in Paris in 1856. Her first solo album, ‘The Dreams and Fables I Fashion’, was released by Rubicon Classics to critical acclaim in October 2018.

Born in New York City, Silverstein began playing the violin at the age of 2. After graduating from high school at the Professional Childrens’ School in New York City, Silverstein earned her Bachelor of Music degree at The Colburn School’s Conservatory of Music. She moved to Europe in 2013 when she was awarded a Netherlands-America Foundation Fulbright grant; she completed her Master of Music degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2015.

She divides her time between Italy and the United States, where she was recently named Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Delaware.