Tobias Elser, Violin

Tobias Elser received his bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, and his Master’s of Music degree and Performer’s Diploma in Chamber Music from Indiana University. Since the beginnings of his violin and piano studies, Elser has always found chamber collaboration as fascinating as it was thrilling. In the Fall of 2018, Tobias formed the Dior Quartet along with classmates from the Jacobs School of Music, at Indiana University. Since Fall of 2021 they have been in residence at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto. The Dior Quartet has won prizes at several competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild Competition, Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and Plowman National Chamber Competition. A passionate proponent of new music, Elser has performed at the Mostly Modern Festival in the Netherlands, with the International Contemporary Ensemble in California, and the soundSCAPE Festival in Italy and during his studies he was concertmaster of the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra. In his free time he enjoys hiking, playing chess, and improvising on piano.


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