Fantastic musicality

Highly developed sense of style

Elegance and allure

 (Jury of the Tromp Music Competition 1998


Izhar Elias was born in 1977 in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel and has studied guitar with Ton Terra since the age of seven. In 2000 he completed his studies at the “Noord Nederlands Conservatorium”  in Groningen with Remco de Haan and Erik Westerhof (also known as The Groningen Guitar-duo).

He studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Zoran Dukic. Izhar also received interpretation lessons from the violinist Kees Hendrikse. At the same time, he studied at the Accademia di Studi Superiori l’Ottocento with Carlo Barone in Italy (performance practice of 19th century music).

lzhar was awarded the first prize in the National Competition for Young Guitarists (1991), the Princess Christina Competition (199±), and the national competition of the Dutch Institute for Young Music Talents (1996). In 1994 he was awarded a prize in the International competition  "printemps de la Guitare" (as the youngest participant by far).

In 1998. in Eindhoven. he won the second prize in the Tromp Music Competition for guitarists in the Benelux.

Izhar has given numerous concerts in Holland and abroad and has performed many times on radio and television. He appeared as a solo performer with the "Residentie Orchestra” from The Hague, the Dutch Youth String Orchestra, The Haydn Youth String Orchestra, in the television program ‘Young People on the Concert Stage" with the Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra da Camera dell'Accademia l’Ottocento, the Brabant Orchestra and the Belgium Chamber Orchestra  Prima Ia Musica. 

In 1998 Izhar was invited by the Princess Christina Competition Organization to tour Japan. In 2000 Izhar performed J.Rodrigo “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the Joven Orquestra Nacional de Espana in Spain and in the Concertgebow in Amsterdam.

He attended master classes with, among others, Hubert Kappel, Raphaella Smits, David Russell, Roberto Aussel and Carlo Barone.

Izhar plays also on an original 19th century guitar (Guadagnini 1812). Its purchase was made possible with assistance of the Prince Bernhard Fund.