As a music theorist, Elias has written and presented papers on Igor Stravinsky’s early serial style and Toru Takemitsu’s guitar music in relation to traditional gagaku music. Elias’ research on Takemitsu was recently selected for presentation at the University of Hartford Graduate Creativity and Research Symposium. He has also written about the influence of Arabic musical principles at work in the music of guitarist and composer Francisco Tarrega. Elias’ recent research has focused on computer-based corpus analysis, East Indian music, and the music of Brazil.
Elias holds a degree from Kent State University (B.M. in Music Theory) and is completing his double-masters degree in Music Theory and Guitar Performance at The Hartt School. During his time at Kent State University, he was awarded the Department Prize in Music for outstanding work as a student. He was also asked to teach a summer music theory course at Kent State before his move to the New England area. Elias is currently adjunct faculty in the Music Theory department at The Hartt School and maintains a private teaching studio, providing instruction in guitar and piano in the Hartford area.