Violinist Elisa Mata is an avid performer and multifaceted music educator who earned her Artist Diploma in Performance and Bachelor’s in Performance and Education from Duquesne University. Her teachers, Assistant Concertmaster Hong-Guang Jia and Principal Second Violin Louis Lev of the Pittsburgh Symphony, were her guide and inspiration in shaping the musician she is today. While her training has been based primarily in Western classical music, she also enjoys performing Latin American works, various pop styles, and Broadway shows.
Her orchestral experience includes performances with the Lancaster Symphony, Pennsylvania Sinfonia, The Choristers, The Brandywiners, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra in West Virginia, Butler County Symphony Orchestra, Altoona Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Vincent Camarata. Elisa also actively performs in local and regional events with the Mata String Quartet that she founded with her husband, Jhonnatan Mata, who plays viola. Most recently they gave an intimate concert for the Doylestown Chamber Music Society.
She is a string pedagogue who has worked primarily as a string orchestra conductor and private teacher for twenty-one years. Her first position was in the Pine-Richland School District outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and she is now at Kennett Consolidated School District and loves sharing the gift of music to all ages.