Enrico Elisi Receives the Harold D. and Imogene Herndon Professorship in Music


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Enrico Elisi, DMA, holds the Harold D. and Imogene Herndon Professorship in Music.

Enrico Elisi, DMA, has been named the recipient of the Harold D. and Imogene Herndon Professorship in Music, an endowed position at Texas Christian University. An internationally acclaimed pianist, Elisi will assume his new role in fall 2023.

The Harold D. and Imogene Herndon Professorship in Music was established in 1979 by San Antonio independent oil operator and former TCU Board of Trustees member Harold D. Herndon and his wife, Imogene, to bring renowned artists to TCU’s College of Fine Arts and the School of Music.    

“I am deeply honored to join TCU as associate professor of piano as the endowed Harold D. and Imogene Herndon Professor of Music,” Elisi said. “I look forward to igniting creativity in the hearts of our students and sharing the power of music as a catalyst for personal and collective transformation. I am excited to contribute to the School of Music’s legacy of artistic excellence while nurturing growth and innovation.”

Enrico Elisi is an internationally acclaimed pianist.

Enrico Elisi is an internationally acclaimed pianist.

Elisi comes to TCU from the University of Toronto, where he served as an associate professor of piano and received the Faculty of Music Teaching Award for his excellence, commitment and innovation. His teaching career spans almost 20 years at institutions including the University of Rochester, Penn State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also served as a visiting professor at Hanyang University and Ewha Womans University in South Korea.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Elisi to TCU as the new Harold D. and Imogene Herndon Endowed Professor in Music,” said Amy Hardison Tully, Teresa Ann Carter King Dean of the College of Fine Arts. “His national and international reputation as a brilliant pianist is matched by his reputation as an inspirational teacher and creative scholar. Dr. Elisi is a celebrated soloist and chamber musician, and he brings an extraordinary level of musicianship to our esteemed piano program which is known for its commitment to pedagogy and artistry.”

In addition to his teaching and creative activities, Elisi has landed solo performances with the Florence Symphony in Italy, the Orchestra Classica de Porto in Portugal and the Jakarta Sinfonietta in Indonesia, among others. He has been an invited guest artist at renowned music festivals, including the Valencia International Performing Arts Summer Festival in Spain, The Thinking Pianist in England and Todi Music Masters in Italy.

“Having performed throughout the world, Dr. Enrico Elisi brings an enormous wealth of international performance experience,” said Sean Atkinson, director of the School of Music. “Not only is he a skilled performer, but he also has a long and illustrious career as a piano teacher, something that will greatly benefit our students.”