Upcoming Events


“Let me see if I’m free this Saturday…”


Saturday, February 3, 7:30

Jewish Community Center, Salt Lake City. An evening of eclectic chamber music, featuring music of Brahms, Mozart, and the quirkily engaging “Cafe Music” by Paul Schoenfield.  Click HERE for details.


Thursday, February 22, 1:30-3:00.

Daria Book Club, Salt Lake City. The first of seven twice-monthly presentations of an assortment of fiction and related nonfiction of special local or music-related interest. Here’s the rundown:

February 22: Indivisible by Four: A String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony, Arnold Steinhardt (The first two dates will include a special appearance by the Rosco String Quartet).

March 8: Death and the Maiden:  A Daniel Jacobus Mystery, Gerald Elias

March 22: Death at La Fenice, Donna Leon

April 12: Finders Keepers:  A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession, Craig Childs

April 26: A Thief of Time, Tony Hillerman

May 10: Salamander:  The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders,  Linda Sillitoe & Allen      Roberts

May 24: Playing with Fire,  Gerald Elias

For details, click HERE


Sunday, February 25, 7:00

University of Utah School of Music. The second of a three part series of the complete Brahms trios and quartets for strings and piano. This concert with feature the Trio in C Major and the Quartet in A Major. For details, click HERE.



Friday, October 13, 7:00-8:00

The Raven Book Store, Lawrence, Kansas. What could be more appropriate than an evening of mystery and music on Friday the 13th?  As student embark upon their Fall Break I’ll be talking about my critically acclaimed Spring Break, Devil’s Trill audiobook, and the soon-to-be-released Danse Macabre audiobook; and, of course, playing excerpts of the music from the books.For every book sold, a donation will be made to the University of Kansas School of Music. Here are the DETAILS


Thursday, October 26, 7:00-8:00

The 15th Street Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah. An evening of music and mystery, as a fund-raiser for a great cause, the student scholarship fund of the Salt Lake chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (of which I’m a proud member). I’ll be talking about Spring Break, Devil’s Trill audiobook, and the soon-to-be-released Danse Macabre audiobook; and, of course, playing excerpts of the music from the books.

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Sunday, October 29, 7:00 PM.

Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. An all-Brahms special Sundays@7 concert featuring the magnificent Brahms B Major Piano Trio and the fiery G Minor Piano Quartet. I’ll be playing violin, with fellow School of Music faculty members Julie Edwards on viola, John Eckstein on cello, and Vedrana Subotic on piano.


November 1-9, 2017

Concert tour to Japan with the Boston Symphony and music director, Andris Nelsons. Performances in Nagoya, Osaka, Kawasaki, and three in Tokyo. A concert tour to Japan is always a great adventure, and I’ll have a chance to reunite with old friends and colleagues in Tokyo, my second home.


Saturday, December 9, 8:00

“Kaleidoscope of the Baroque.” The 35th annual Vivaldi by Candlelight concert, the major fund-raiser for the Utah Council of Citizen Diplomacy. I’ll be conducting a delightfully diverse program of music by Vivaldi, Stradella, Castrucci, Biber, and Brescianello, all performed by the dynamic musicians of the Vivaldi Virtuosi.




This day is indeed a cause to celebrate! It will not only be my 65th birthday, it is Author’s Night at Stellina Restaurant in Watertown, MA. I certainly hope you’ll enjoy my presentation of Spring Break and the Devil’s Trill audiobook, but after doing this four times previously, I guarantee you’ll love having dinner there!




August 1, 2017

Spring Break, my 6th Daniel Jacobus mystery novel, has its US release. For sale at your local indie bookstore, you can also purchase on Amazon HERE.

This is what Booklist has to say: The sixth in the Daniel Jacobus series finds the blind violin teacher and amateur sleuth taking a speaking engagement at a prestigious music conservatory that’s hosting a symposium on baroque music. When a member of the conservatory’s faculty dies, the question is: Was it natural causes, or murder? Elias, a professional violinist and composer, does a fine job of establishing the story’s musical frame, and he’s a darned good storyteller, too: the mystery here is tightly constructed and very clever (readers should be wary of thinking they know where it’s going, because it sometimes takes sharp, unexpected turns). In Jacobus we have an imaginative, ornery, reclusive, witty protagonist—a guy who has bits of other mystery leads in him but who feels at the same time wholly original. A very good entry in a reliable series.— David Pitt



August 1, 2017

My Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a Danse Macabre audiobook has concluded. And it was a success! Thank you to all the backers of what is going to be a sensational new audio experience. My producer, Alison Larkin, and I hope for it to be finished just in time for your holiday gift shopping!




August 21, 2017

A major launch event for the Devil’s Trill audiobook and Spring Break will also be a fund-raiser for the wonderful Berkshire amateur chamber orchestra, The Stockbridge Sinfonia. Partnering with The Bookstore in Lenox, a portion of sales of both books will go to support the orchestra’s scholarship fund for deserving students.



August 30, 2017

This day is indeed a cause to celebrate! It will not only be my 65th birthday, it is Author’s Night at Stellina Restaurant in Watertown, MA. I certainly hope you’ll enjoy my presentation of Spring Break and the Devil’s Trill audiobook, but after doing this four times previously, I guarantee you’ll love having dinner there!


October 26, 2017

The Utah launch of Spring Break and Devil’s Trill audiobook will also be a fund-raiser for the Salt Lake chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan grassroots organization of which I am a proud member. CCL seeks to create the political will for Congress to pass meaningful climate change legislation–and we’re getting there! The money we raise will go toward paying the way for young high school and college students to attend CCL’s regional and national annual conferences. At the evening of entertainment followed by a reception, I’ll be talking about Spring Break and Devil’s Trill and playing music from the books. It will take place at the 15th Street Gallery, and we’ll be partnering with our friends at King’s English Bookstore. Stay tuned for details!

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March 20, 2017

I’ve been asked to give a talk before a special screening of a very powerful, 1-hour documentary called Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust. It’s about an Israeli violin maker who restored dozens of instruments that were owned by death camp victims of the Holocaust, and which were recently played on by musicians in the Cleveland Orchestra for a memorial performance. In addition to my talk, I’ll be performing an excerpt from Nigun, by Ernest Bloch, and will giving my Klezmer debut!
The film reminds us–if we need reminding–of why we play the violin, and, more importantly, who we are as human beings.screen-shot-2017-02-24-at-4-00-58-pmHere’s all the information about the screening: Violins of Hope event information
After you’ve seen this trailer I’m sure you’ll want to see this documentary in full and will  want to pass it along to string teachers and all their students: Violins of Hope: 4-minute trailer

March 1, 2017. Pre-Concert Lecture: Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake. The youthful Minetti String Quartet from Austria will perform the final quartets of Mozart and Mendelssohn, composed shortly before their deaths, and the monumental “Death and the Maiden” Quartet in D Minor by Franz Schubert. The subject of my talk will be drawn from the text of Schubert’s powerful song of the same name: when the hand of Death inevitably reaches out, how did Mozart respond, how did Mendelssohn respond, and how will each of us respond? The talk is at 6:45 in Dumke Recital Hall; the concert is at 7:30 at Libby Gardner Concert Hall.screen-shot-2017-02-23-at-7-53-31-pm


Very exciting news! Devil’s Trill, a Mystery in Sonata-Allegro form—with music performed by the author–is now available! You can buy it for yourself, give it as a gift, and even get it for FREE* through this link: http://tinyurl.com/jehpm8u 
 Devil’s Trill is the ­first-ever audiobook to integrate musical passages that provide clues to solving the mysteries. Author­ Gerald Elias, a renowned concert violinist, performs the music himself.
 World renowned violinist, Cho Liang Lin, says: ‘Reading Devil’s Trill was a nonstop page-turning pleasure. Now that the words are imbued with the author’s beautiful violin playing, this audio version will surely mesmerize.
 *with a one-month trial subscription to Audible – at no cost! “
I’m delighted to announce that the sixth installment of the Daniel Jacobus mystery series,

Spring Break, will be released this spring in the UK and this summer in the US.Reclusive, blind violin pedagogue Daniel Jacobus is invited to speak at a seemingly innocuous symposium on Baroque music at a prestigious music conservatory. He has no idea he is about to become enmeshed in an entrenched culture of sexual harassment and its cover-up at the highest levels. When a renowned faculty member dies of apparent natural causes, only the curious behavior of a violin student at Jacobus’s master class is an indication that something may be terribly amiss.


 PLAYING WITH FIRE, the fifth installment of the Daniel Jacobus series, was released in the spring/summber of 2016. Thanks to my new publisher, Severn House, my agent, Josh Getzler, and my new editor, Faith Black Ross, the cantankerous, blind violin professor/amateur sleuth who everyone hates to love is alive and kicking.Playing With Fire


The recent past

Sunday, July 31, 2016 7:00pm: Launch Event at Shaker Mill Books, West Stockbridge, MA. (Appropriately enough, Daniel Jacobus’s adopted hometown, and the setting for much of Playing With Fire.) Wine and light snacks, and a lovely deck overlooking the charming Williams River, weather permitting.

Tuesday, August 23, 6:30pm: Stellina Restaurant, Watertown, MA (Where, in the Boston area, the plot of Playing With Fire reaches its nail-biting climax). Enjoy author’s night with tasty hors d’oeuvers, and of course, it’s a fantastic place for a great Italian dinner.

Tuesday, September 20,7:00pm: King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City (where I happen to live much of the year). King’s English has always been incredibly supportive of local authors, and it will be a pleasure to be back after Jacobus’s extended sabbatical.

Sunday, April 3, 7:00: Performance of “Havanaise” by Camille Saint-Saens with pianist Vedrana Subotic, at Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah.Sundays@7

Sunday, April 17, 2:00: Performance of “Havanaise” with the Long Island Youth Orchestra, Scott Dunn conducting. The orchestra will also perform one of my compositions, “Overture in the Classical Style.” I am an alum of the LIYO and this will be my first collaboration with them in 40 years! I’ll also be doing a book signing of my mysteries, and all the proceeds are going to the LIYO scholarship fund. LIYO


April-May: I will be performing with the Boston Symphony for two weeks in April, followed by a concert tour of Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg in May.


To purchase any of the first quartet of

The Daniel Jacobus Mystery Series 

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Playing With Fire rev

Summer 2016 Release!

To orderPlaying With Fire”

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You can read about my books and reviews: Devil’s Trill, Danse Macabre, Death and the Maiden, and Death and Transfiguration. My newest mystery, PLAYING WITH FIRE, will hit the book stands this summer.At my MUSIC TO DIE FOR page are performances of the music mentioned in my novels and my audio notes on these works. Please visit other pages of my website.

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Most of you know me as a writer about the classical music world. In “Where Buffaloes Roam,” it turns out that murder also happens in wide open spaces. With this story, I made my debut appearance in the August/September 2015 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Thanks to EQMM editor, Janet Hutchings, for including me in such an august body of crime authors! Where The Buffaloes Roam

Speaking of the Wild West, the Moab Music Festival invited me to compose a sequel to my “William Grandstaff” composition. The world premiere of “The Ballad of William Grandstaff” took place on September 11 at the Sorrel River Ranch with James Martin, baritone, as the soloist.

My story, “Brotherhood,”was included in the Level Best anthology, Best New England Crime Stories of 2016: RED DAWN. Brotherhood

Last year “Christmas Concerto,” my first story with Level Best in their anthology, Best New England Crime Stories of 2015: ROGUE WAVE, won an honorary mention award in the Al Blanchard crime short story competition at the New England Crime Christmas Concerto

Another first was the publication of my review of the excellent Utah Opera’s production of Stravinsky’s opera “The Rake’s Progress” in the August issue of Opera Magazine. For all you opera lovers, the magazine contains everything you need to know about opera around the world to impress your friends. www.opera.co.uk


Last December 6 was the exciting 33rd annual Vivaldi by Candlelight concert in collaboration with our sponsor the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy. A sold-out First Presbyterian Church audience enjoyed an all-Vivaldi program, featuring four solo concertos and three orchestral sinfonias.

On November 24, 2016 I performed a recital at the University of Utah’s Libby Gardner Concert Hall with faculty pianist, Vedrana Subotic, in a program of sonatas by Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven. The well-attended concert raised over $5,000 for the Citizens Climate Lobby–Salt Lake City chapter in its efforts to enact Congressional climate change legislation.

Earlier in November, I was involved in a one-week residency at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where I gave a master class, taught individual students, and performed the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 with the chamber orchestra. Thanks to Dean Robert Walzel and the music department for hosting me!



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