Meet the Musicians Viola

Eliesha Nelson


Orchestra member since 2000

Hometown: North Pole, Alaska

Education: The Cleveland Institute of Music, Royal Academy of Music

Studied with: Linda Cerone, György Pauk, Robert Vernon

Instrument: Eliesha plays a 1986 American made David Caròn viola.

About Eliesha:

Eliesha listens to all kinds of music, but it's the music on her Quincy Porter CD that won her a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical. She belongs to a book club, keeps in great musical shape by performing chamber music and lifting weights, and relaxes with needle in hand, sewing. Eliesha has spent many of her student and adult years in Cleveland. "I love the culture in University Circle, the great restaurants and the Metroparks!" Her most memorable moment onstage was when the tip of her bow nearly broke off while playing a concert in Carnegie Hall. Needless to say, she played gingerly, saved the bow, and made it through the slow, seven minute piece. 

Find out more about Elisha at her website:

Elisha can be heard on the following recordings:

Quincy Porter: The Complete Viola Works

Russian Viola Sonatas