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Elena Urioste is a musician, yogi, writer, and entrepreneur, as well as a lover of nature, food, animals, and connecting with other human beings.

As a violinist, Elena has given acclaimed performances as soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras; the New York, Los Angeles, and Buffalo philharmonics; the Boston Pops; and the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Detroit symphony orchestras, among many others. In the U.K., she has appeared with the Hallé, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras; the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, and BBC National Orchestra of Wales; and the Orchestra of Opera North. Engagements elsewhere include the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, France's Orchestre National de Lille, Canada's Edmonton Symphony, Germany's Würzburg Philharmonic, and Hungary’s Orchestra Dohnányi Budafok and MAV Orchestras. Elena has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as Sir Mark Elder, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vasily Petrenko, Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Spano, Karina Canellakis, and Gábor Takács-Nagy. She has regularly performed as a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, and has given recitals at London's  Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center's Family Theater, Konzerthaus Berlin, Sage Gateshead, Bayerischer Rudfunk Munich, and Mondavi Center. Elena is a former BBC New Generation Artist (2012-14) and has been featured on the covers of Strings and Symphony magazines.

Elena’s second album on BIS Records, Estrellita--a collection of miniatures for violin and piano recorded with pianist Tom Poster--was released in September 2018. Other recent musical highlights include her debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras, and as concerto soloist at the Barbican Centre in London. Upcoming engagements include a European tour as soloist with the Chineke! Orchestra; debuts with the Minnesota and Louisville orchestras; a return engagement with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre; and the release of her fourth studio recording, a collection of Grieg sonatas and songs recorded with Tom Poster.

An avid chamber musician, Elena is the founder and artistic director of Chamber Music by the Sea, an annual festival on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She has been a featured artist at the Marlboro, Ravinia, La Jolla, Bridgehampton, Moab, and Sarasota music festivals; Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove; the Cheltenham Music Festival; Switzerland’s Sion-Valais International Music Festival; and the Verbier Festival’s winter residency at Schloss Elmau. Elena has collaborated with such luminaries as pianist Mitsuko Uchida, violist Kim Kashkashian, and members of the Guarneri Quartet, and has performed extensively in recital with pianists Tom Poster and Michael Brown.

Elena has being practicing yoga for over a decade, and received her RYT-200 hour certification from the Kripalu Center in June 2019. She is the co-founder of Intermission, a program that combines music, movement, and mindfulness, aiming to make music-making a healthier, more holistic practice for students and professionals through yoga and meditation. Intermission offers Sessions for students, Retreats for professionals, and an App for absolutely everyone.

Miscellaneous accomplishments include first prizes at the Sphinx and Sion International Violin Competitions; the inaugural Sphinx Medal of Excellence, presented by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (they immediately bonded over their matching red formalwear); spreads in Latina and La Revista Mujer magazines; and the 2015 Brooklyn Film Festival’s Audience Choice and Best Original Score awards for But Not For Me, an independent feature film in which Elena acted in the lead female role. Writing is another passion for Elena; many of her musings can be found on her website’s blog.

In addition to her love for hiking in lush forests, swimming in the ocean, and marveling at the stars, Elena’s heart melts around corgis, vibrant vegetarian and southern Italian cooking, and beautifully crafted literature. She enjoys knitting the occasional scarf to keep her fingers busy on airplanes. Finally, Elena believes that we should all strive to spend less time looking at screens, that Oxford commas should be required, and that people should clap whenever they feel moved to do so during concerts.

Elena is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Notable teachers and mentors include Joseph Silverstein, David Cerone, Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Claude Frank, Rafael Druian, and Ferenc Rados. The outstanding instruments being used by Elena are an Alessandro Gagliano violin, Naples c. 1706, and a Nicolas Kittel bow, both on generous extended loan from the private collection of Dr. Charles E. King through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

June 2019

Do not make any alterations to this biography. Concert presenters and other interested parties may obtain an updated and/or abridged version by contacting Chester Lane, Director of Communications at Sciolino Artist Management, chester@samnyc.us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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