Serbian-American violinist, Ela Kodžas, recently graduated with MM from the Herb Alpert School of Music at the University of California Los Angeles under the tutelage of Movses Pogossian and Varty Manouelian. She held teaching assistantships in both Chamber Music and with the Early Music Ensemble and was a member of the scholarship quartet which “endeavors to raise awareness and celebrate the richness and diversity of the Armenian musical tradition” (VEM Ensemble, UCLA). Previously, Kodžas graduated with a BM with High Distinction and as a Pi Kappa Lambda Scholar from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Renée Jolles. She was the only student in her graduating year to receive a Certificate of Achievement in Performance Practice, under the guidance of Cynthia Roberts, Paul O’Dette, and Christel Thielmann. Kodžas’ interest in historical performance has led her to study with Amandine Beyer, Enrico Gatti, Robert Mealy, Bruce Dickey, and Julia Wedman. She was a recipient of an Early Music America Summer Scholarship (2022), and will be attending Juilliard 415 in the fall, pursuing a Master of Music in Baroque Violin Performance.