The young Israeli soprano and cellist Elia Cohen Weissert is the winner of numerous international competitions and prizes in both fields; first prize at the prestigious "Guilhermina Suggia" International Cello Competition in Porto and second prize at the Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Zagreb. In 2022, she won the "Promusicis" prize in Paris as a singer and cellist alongside pianist Josquin Otal and the "Grand Prix" at the Lotte Lehman Vocal Academy in Perleberg, which encouraged her to pursue a singing career.
"Her voice is so exceptional that she convinced not only the jury, but also the audience, who could feel that they had just witnessed an extraordinary performance: with the aria "Quel guardo" from Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Elia showed a stage presence that Racitti praised. She is the winner of this year's Lotte Lehman Academy.
Hanno Taufenbach, Lokales aus der Prignitz
As a cellist, Elia has had the pleasure of performing with renowned orchestras such as the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Croatian Radio and Television Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, the Porto Symphony Orchestra, etc., under the direction of great conductors such as Christian Zacharias and Frank Braley. Elia has also given recitals and chamber music concerts in major concert halls such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Salle Cortot, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Smetana Hall in Prague, Flagey and Bozar in Brussels, the Brussels Conservatory Hall, the Jerusalem Theater, the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, the Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, the Casa da Musica in Porto. ... as well as renowned music festivals such as the Verbier Festival, the Kronberg Cello Festival, the Salon de Provence Festival, the Spring Violin Festival and the Chopin Festival in Paris. She has had the pleasure of collaborating with such wonderful musicians as Maxime Vengerov, Paul Meyer, Eric Lesage, Modigliani Quartet, Philippe Griffin and Miguel da Silva among others.
As a singer, Elia performed the role of Michaela in Carmen by G. Bizet at the "éoles en musique" festival in Nantes. In October 2022, Elia will sing the role of Adina in Donizetti's Elisir d'amore at the HMT Rostock.
Elia studied cello at the UDK Berlin with Jens Peter Maintz, at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Gary Hoffman and Jeroen Reuling and later at the CNSMDP with Marc Coppey and Pauline Bartisol.
Currently "artist in residence" at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (as a singer this time) with José van Dam and Sophie Koch, Elia is also completing a master's degree at the Hochschule für Musik in Rostock with Professor Fionnuala McCarthy. In Paris, she worked with Stéphanie D'oustrac and Malcolm Walker.