Elisa Karen Tavenier (1996) started playing the violin at the age of three. When she was six, she was accepted at the young talent department of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she had lessons with Coosje Wijzenbeek. In 2018 she finished her bachelor studies with a 10 with distinction for musical personality at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Mikhail Zemtsov. In 2022 she finished her masters with Nils Mönkemeyer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich with highest distinction. Elisa was a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Academy in 2017 and 2018 and successfully took part in several national and international competitions. As a soloist she played with several orchestras, including the Royal Conservatory Orchestra The Hague, the Nanagen Orchestra and the Nederlandse Strijkersgilde. With the Royal Conservatory Orchestra she recorded Henk Badings’ Viola Concerto with Jac van Steen as conductor. She attended master classes with Tabea Zimmermann, Thomas Riebl, Nobuko Imai, Jurgen Kussmaul and Anner Bijlsma.
Since 2013 Elisa has been playing in the Animato Quartet, which has so far worked together with Hatto Beyerle, Eberhard Feltz, Marc Danel and Pierre Colombet to name but a few. In 2017 the quartet received the Anton Kersjes Fonds scholarship. In 2021 they won the third prize and special jury prize at the Trondheim International Chambermusic Competition. In 2022 they received a prize for an especially gifted ensemble at the Joseph Joachim competition in Weimar. The ensemble has performed at numerous festivals such as the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, the International Chamber Music Festival Schiermonnikoog and the Harmos Festival in Porto, Portugal.
Elisa Karen plays with a viola and bow which she was able to purchase with the support of the Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrumentenfonds and the Prinses Christina Concours