Elisa Quarello Şahin brilliantly graduated with cum laude in Composition from Conservatory of Music "G. B. Martini" of Bologna (Italy) and worked in international theatres, like Deutsche Oper Berlin and Komische Oper Berlin.
She attended to Composition master classes with Salvatore Sciarrino, Manfred Trojahn and Dramaturgy workshops with Martin Crimp and Klaus Bertisch and is currently attending to the “Composing for voices and orchestra with Luís Tinoco” workshop organized by Enoa network and Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon.
In January 2014, she won the "Neue Szenen II" International Composition Competition of Deutsche Oper Berlin. The jury has conferred her an award and the commission of a new opera, “OHIO III-ObstHaine Im Oktober”, that had its debut in April 2015 at Deutsche Oper Berlin to a large audience and had very positive critics. She won also the “Felice e Luigi Magone Composition Award„ of Conservatory of Bologna (2011) and the Honourable Mention of the “International Award Palazzo del Majno-Torquato Tasso„ (2010).
Her compositions were performed in international theatres, like Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, and festivals, including Angelica, Suona Francese and The Schoenberg Experience. She also collaborated with the cello ensemble "Bologna Cello Project", for which composed the opera, Lohengrin - Bologna, 1871, inspired from Lohengrin of Richard Wagner and Macbeth of Giuseppe Verdi (2013).
Her new composition “Good body, I thank thee!” for soprano, baritone and orchestra with texts in English and Portuguese languages by Fernando Pessoa and William Shakespeare will have its debut with Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon at Gulbenkian Foundation in July 2019.
During her studies in composition and in the course of her musical and artistic activities, she concentrated on opera, music theatre, folk music and in particular on archaic musical, theatrical and textual arguments. Her other interests are compositions on various texts, poems and plays written in different languages and dialects, as well as the research of a musical style that follows and increase the musicality of languages.