Was admitted at the age of six to the School for Young Talent of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where she received violin lessons from Coosje Wijzenbeek
Continued her viola studies with Mikhail Zemtsov and obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2018 with a 10 with distinction for musical personality. In 2019 she started her master’s degree with Nils Mönkemeyer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich
Attended masterclasses with Tabea Zimmermann, Alfred Brendel, Nobuko Imai, Hatto Beyerle and Anner Bijlsma, among others
Was part of the Academy of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Performed as a soloist with various orchestras, including the Royal Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the Nanagen Orchestra and the Dutch String Guild.
Has been part of the Animato Quartet since its foundation in 2014, which reached the finals of the Grachtenfestival Concours that same year as a public favourite. In 2017, Animato received the quartet stipend from the Anton Kersjes Fund
With the support of the Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrumentfonds and the Princess Christina Concours, Elisa Karen was able to purchase a beautiful viola and bow