Elise Pittenger is cello professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), where she also coordinates the Chamber Music program and directs the Cello Ensemble, GruVi.
Through her research projects she explores Brazilian repertoire for cello, both historical and contemporary, and she collaborates with current composers to promote new works for cello and cello ensemble.
Originally from Baltimore, USA, she moved to Brazil in 2010 to join the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais; from 2011 to July 2015, she was Acting Principal Cello of this orchestra.
Elise has a doctorate in musical performance from McGill University (Canada) where she worked with cellist Matt Haimovitz, and a master’s from Rice University (EUA), where she studied with Norman Fischer. Elise also holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Yale University (EUA).
She has broad experience in both orchestral and chamber music and has an especial passion for performing contemporary music.