Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, Clarinetist Asuka Elias started playing the piano and the electric organ at age 3 and the clarinet at age 9. She completed her Bachelor of Music Degree Summa cum laude at Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY in 2008 and her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School in 2010, studying under Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima.
Among many achievements, in 2009, she performed Copland's clarinet concerto with China National Symphony Orchestra at the Centre of the National Performing Arts in Beijing, conducted by Maestro Maurice Peress. She has performed at great venues in New York City and the tri-state area such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Symphony Space, and is an active performer in orchestras, chamber music, and contemporary dance works. Ms. Elias is a member of Clara Duo with pianist Aleksandra Kocheva, and Trio de Reinas, with violinist Blanca Cecilia Gonzalez and pianist Kristin Samadi.
Asuka is active and passionate about teaching, from babies to retired seniors, from beginners to advanced, and has experience teaching clarinet, piano, flute, saxophone, solfege, voice training and rhythmic music experience for babies and toddlers. When she has free time, she enjoys baking, learning Spanish and spending time with her husband and two children.