Born in 1996, Elisa Karen Tavenier started playing the violin at the age of three. Just three years later, she was admitted to the School for Young Talent at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where she took lessons with Coosje Wijzenbeek. She currently studies with Mikhail Zemtsov in The Hague.
Tavenier has been a finalist multiple times at the Iordens Viooldagen and regularly plays in the Sinfonieorchester Liechtenstein. In March 2014, she won first prize at the Princess Christina Competition West 1 in Rotterdam and an honourable mention on Nominees’ Day. She was also a prizewinner at the Classic Young Masters.
Tavenier has participated in masterclasses with Tabea Zimmermann, Thomas Riebl, Nobuko Imai, Volker Jacobsen, Roger Benedict, Jurgen Kussmaul, Dmitri Ferschtman and Anner Bijlsma. She has also performed chamber music with the Atrium Quartet.
Tavenier plays viola in the Animato Quartet, which reached the final round of both the National Conservatory Competition and the Storioni Competition. The group has performed at the International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht and at the Harmos Festival in Oporto; at the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival in Brazil, the players were awarded the prize for artistic excellence.
Tavenier plays a viola built by Marino Capicchioni on loan to her from the Dutch National Musical Instruments Foundation. She was able to acquire her bow, built by Percival Bryant, with support from the Own Musical Instruments Foundation and the Princess Christina Competition.