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 of The Hague, where she got lessons from her teacher Coosje Wijzenbeek. In 2013 she decided to continue her musical education on the viola with Marjolein Dispa at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. At the moment she is studying with Mikhail Zemtsov at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. In addition to her individual training Elisa Karen was part of the string ensemble ‘the Fancy Fiddlers’ led by Coosje Wijzenbeek for years. With this ensemble she gave concerts nationally and internationally and had the opportunity to play with great musicians such as Janine Jansen, Paolo Giacometti and Menahem Pressler.
Elisa Karen was a multiple finalist of the Iordens Viooldagen. In 2011, she reached the semi finals of the International Violin Competition Kloster Schöntal in Germany. Elisa Karen took part several times in the "Intensiv-Woche" of the Liechtenstein Musikakademie and also participated in the Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra. In March 2014 she won first prize at the Prinses Christina Competition West 1 in Rotterdam.
She had masterclasses with Tabea Zimmermann, Volker Jacobsen, Roger Benedict, Daniel Bard, Jurgen Kussmaul, Dmitri Ferschtman, Anner Bylsma, Charles Watt and Pierre Lapointe. She also had the honour to play first viola in Souvenir de Florence with the famous Atrium quartet.
Since 2013 she has been playing in the Animato quartet with which she had lessons among others with David Dolan, Michel Strauss, Vera Beths and the Scampa quartet. The quartet reached the final round of the National Conservatory Competition held at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The quartet has played at numerous festivals like the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, International Chamber Music Festival Schiermonnikoog and the Harmos Festival in Porto, Portugal. Elisa Karen is also member of the Esperanza Ensemble, which performs at the Next Generation Festival in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland.
The Animato quartet was invited to the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordao in Brazil. The quartet received an award for "Artistic Excellence" for their work during this festival and received master classes from the Escher Quartet and Jo Cole, chief of classical music of The Royal Academy in London. During this festival Elisa Karen was given the opportunity to perform in the festival orchestra the fifth symphony of Shostakovich and Beethoven's First Symphony as the principle violist, conducted by Marin Alsop and Giancarlo Guerrero. Elisa Karen was principal viola at the Gustav Mahler Academy Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands.