The Brasilian pianist Edson Elias was born in Rio de Janeiro where he graduated at the School of Music of the UFRJ receiving their Gold Medal. He also graduated at the Vienna Academy, having been awarded a Commendation Prize, the highest distinction bestowed by an Austrian university. Edson Elias has received 13 international awards from Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Japan and Brazil.
He has performed concerts in Europe, ex-USSR, South America and Japan, playing as a soloist with the New Philharmonic of Japan, the Pasdeloup Orchestra, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra and has toured with the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Tonkünstlerorchester. He has also toured Brazil and Spain with soprano Gundula Janowitz.
Edson Elias is a founder-member of two international academies in France, visiting professor at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris / Alfred Cortot and professor of Virtuoso Piano at the Conservatoire de Genève. Edson Elias has been invited to take part in the jury of many international piano competitions and to direct Master Classes in several European countries as well as in Japan.