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Biography

Top prize winner at numerous international competitions, the young Israeli cellist 

Elia Cohen Weissert is emerging as an exciting young artist, captivating audiences 

with her stage presence and sincerity. She is praised for her ‘perfect technique, 

warm and very personal sound’.

 Gary Hoffman 

In 2019 Elia won the first prize at the prestigious international competition 

‘Guilhermina Suggia’ in Porto, the second prize at the Antonio Janigro Competition 

in Zagreb (2016) (as well as the special prize for the best interpretation of the 

modern piece written by A.T. Saban) and the Landgraf von Hessen Prize in the 

Kronberg academy masterclasses 2018.

As a soloist, Elia had the pleasure of performing with renowned orchestras such 

as the Jerusalem symphony orchestra, the Israel philharmonic orchestra, the 

Croatian radio television orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, chamber 

orchestra of Wallonia, North Czech Philharmonic orchestra, Flaanders symphony 

orchestra and Porto symphony orchestra. Elia also gave recitals and chamber 

music concerts in great halls such as the Philharmonie de Paris, salle Cortot,

Philharmonie in Berlin, Smetana Hall in Prague, Flagey and Bozar in Brussels, hall 

of Brussels conservatory, Theater of Jerusalem, Charles Bronfman auditorium in 

Tel aviv, Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Casa da Musica in Porto... as well as renowned

music festivals such as the Verbier festival, Kronberg cello festival, festival Chopin, 

festival salon de provence amongst others. A passionate chamber musician, in 

october 2019 Elia joined the quatuor Mona, a string quartet based in Paris. 

In 2016 Elia completed her Bachelor studies in the class of Prof. Jens Peter 

Maintz at the Berlin university of the arts (UDK) and in 2019 she received her 

artist diploma from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, where she studied with 

Gary Hoffman. From october 2020 Elia is studying with Marc Coppey at the 

CNSMDP.

Other than the cello, Elia greatest passion has always been opera singing. In 2018 

she started her bachelor degree at the Brussels conservatory, and in July 2020 

she received the grand prix at the Lotte Lehman vocal academy, encouraging her 

to pursue a career as a singer. ‘Her Voice is so outstanding that not only it 

convinced the jury, but also the audience can sense that it just experienced an 

extraordinary performance: with the aria “Quel guardo” from Donizetti’s Don 

Pasquale, Elia shows a stage presence that Racitti praises in the highest tones. 

She is the prize winner of this year's Lotte Lehman week.’

 Hanno Taufenbach, Lokales aus der Prignitz

She is currently studying voice with Stephanie d'Oustrac in Paris.

Elia is a playing a cello made by Jean-Baptist vuillaum in 1833, loaned by Michael Gutman.