Born in Mulhouse, France, Elsa Grether begins studying the violin in Alsace before entering Paris Conservatoire Régional Supérieur- CNR where she obtains First Prize by unanimity of the jury the day of her fifteenth birthday. She then decides to continue her studies abroad, first with Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, then Mauricio Fuks at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, and finally Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
In 2009 Elsa Grether won the “Pro Musicis International Award” in Paris, together with pianist Delphine Bardin. She is also laureate by unanimity of the jury of the “Fondation Banque Populaire” in Paris, the G.Cziffra Foundation, the Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation at the Marigny Theatre in Paris (Jacques Chirac promotion), the Safran Music Foundation, the “Fondation de France’s Oulmont Prize”.
In february 2012, together with pianist Delphine Bardin, she will give recitals in the USA (New-York Carnegie Hall and Boston) thanks to the Pro Musicis Award.
In 2011 she has given solo recitals at the “Printemps des arts” in Monte-Carlo for the “Violin Night”, recitals in Menton Festival, Midis-Minimes in Brussels, Concerts de Vollore, Festival d’Uzerche, Sagonne, Avignon, Salle Molière in Lyon. Coming concerts include the Palazzetto Bru-Zane in Venice (Italy), the Radio Suisse-Romande in Geneva and the Festival Cully classique (Switzerland), Festival de Stavelot (Belgium), Festival des Solistes aux Serres d’Auteuil and Festival des Forêts (France), Martinique Scène Nationale.
In addition Elsa has been invited to diverse TV and Radio programs in France (Alain Duault’s program on France 3 TV Channel, France-Musique, France Culture and Accent 4).
She has performed concertos by Bach, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, Tchaïkovsky, Prokoviev, Chébaline, Dvorak as well as Ravel’s “Tzigane” and Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantasy” with orchestras in France and abroad and gave numerous recitals: (Paris Salle Cortot, Brussels “Bozar”, Festivals of Polignac, Festival Musica in Strasbourg, Cziffra, Toulon, Grands Crus de Bourgogne, Colmar international festival, Richelieu, Rencontres musicales de Savoie, Musiciennes à Ouessant, Paris Orangerie de Bagatelle, National Archives, Strasbourg Palais des Congrès et Palais des Fêtes, Neuilly Hôtel de Ville, Theater in Mulhouse and Colmar, St Malo, Bordeaux... in Chicago at the Myra Hess concert series, broadcast live on the radio, Indianapolis Art Museum, New York Avery Fischer Hall, Alger National Auditorium, Salzburg Schloss Mirabell, Santander Palacio de Festivales, Kloster Seeon in Germany...)
An avid chamber musician, Elsa regularly plays with pianists Eliane Reyes, Ferenc Vizi, Delphine Bardin. She also collaborated with Régis Pasquier, Marielle Nordmann, Pascal Contet, Christine Icart, Julian Steckel... She also enjoys teaching and holds the CA (Certificat d’Aptitude à l’enseignement).
During her studies, Elsa won first prize and a special prize in her category at the “Young Soloist” competition held by the RTBF TV in Brussels, first prize at the Concerto competition at Indiana University and the Travel Grant award. She was awarded her city’s “Cultural Prize” in 2004.
Upcoming projets also include the recording of a CD with pianist Ferenc Vizi (label Fuga Libera).