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Elisse Kleiner is a flautist and musical educator from Melbourne, Australia.
A remarkably versatile musician on her instrument, Elisse performs flute on occasion with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, tango ensemble The Mash Potangos, indie folk band Beth and the Brave and improvisation project group Paint What You Hear. Unafraid to tackle any musical style, Elisse has a passion for spur of the moment jamming, and can often be seen with her flute strapped to her back in its purpose made case.
Elisse studied flute with Jaime Martin and Paul Edmund-Davies at the Royal College of Music in London, UK, graduating in 2007 with first class Honours. During this time, she performed as soloist with the Brandenburg Sinfonia in London and toured throughout Europe and the Mediterranean with the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra. Elisse has participated in three Creative Residencies on scholarship at the Banff Centre in Canada where she initiated a partnership between the Centre and the local High School, collaborated with local artists to produce two new Opera works and performed in the Banff Festival Orchestra. Elisse has toured Canada and North America with The Mash Potangos.
With a mission to surprise and delight audiences with the power of Classical Music, Elisse has been involved in the international Classical Revolution movement, and has initiated a number of unique performance projects. In 2014 together with Erica Rasmussen, Elisse presented Tasting Notes, a performance of specially commissioned chamber music worked inspired by a selection of TarraWarra Estate wines. She also featured in Silhouettes Inside Outside, a live interactive performance where her silhouette was captured by artists, whilst playing behind a giant canvass. In 2009 Elisse presented Beers and Beethoven at the Rainbow Hotel in Fitzroy, a performance of Betthovens 7th Symphony, which raised money for the Australian Childrens Music Foundation.
Childhood music education is one of Elisse’s deep passions. She has taught with the Wider Opportunities Program in England, Montreal City Missions Every Kid Choir, the Baltimore Symphonys Orchkids program. Elisse currently works as Teaching Artist for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestras flagship outreach education program: The Pizzicato Effect, and for The Song Room in Melbourne, where she works with many new arrival and refugee children.