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ELENA URIOSTE, amusingly hailed by The Washington Post as “a drop-dead beauty who plays with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor,” was recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist and has been featured on the covers of Strings and Symphony magazines. She has given acclaimed performances with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Boston Pops; the New York, Los Angeles, and Buffalo philharmonics; and the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Austin, Charleston, Richmond, and San Antonio symphony orchestras. Outside the U.S. Elena has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Edmonton Symphony, Würzburg Philharmonic, and Hungary’s Orchestra Dohnányi Budafok and MAV Orchestras. She has regularly performed as a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, and has given recitals in such distinguished venues as Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Sage Gateshead in Newcastle, Bayerischer Rundfunk Munich, and the Mondavi Center at the University of California-Davis.

Recent season highlights have included debuts with the LA Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, and Orchestra of Opera North; return performances with the Cleveland and Hallé orchestras and the Chicago and Detroit symphonies; a recital debut at the Kennedy Center with pianist Michael Brown; and three separate concerto and chamber music appearances in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in the 2017-18 season. Upcoming highlights include subscription debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and France’s Orchestre National de Lille, in addition to the release of Elena’s second album on BIS Records: Estrellita, a collection of miniatures for violin and piano with pianist Tom Poster.

As first-place laureate in both the Junior and Senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition, Elena debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium in 2004, and has returned frequently as soloist. She has collaborated with acclaimed conductors Sir Mark Elder, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Spano, and Gábor Takács-Nagy; pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Dénes Várjon, and Ignat Solzhenitsyn; cellists Peter Wiley, Colin Carr, and Carter Brey; violists Kim Kashkashian and Michael Tree; and violinists Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, and Cho-Liang Lin. An avid chamber musician as well as a soloist, Elena has been a featured artist at the Marlboro, Ravinia, La Jolla, Bridgehampton, Moab, and Sarasota music mestivals, as well as Switzerland’s Sion-Valais International Music Festival, the Verbier Festival’s winter residency at Schloss Elmau. She performs regularly at the Roman River Music Festival in Essex, England, and has appeared extensively in recital with pianists Michael Brown and Tom Poster.

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; 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. Her second album, Echoes, a recital disc with Michael Brown, was released on BIS Records in October 2016. Elena is the co-founder and artistic director of Intermission Sessions & Retreat, a program that combines music and yoga, and the founder and artistic director of Chamber Music by the Sea, an annual summer chamber music festival on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Elena is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. She completed graduate studies with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School. Other notable teachers include David Cerone, Choong-Jin Chang, Soovin Kim, and Rafael Druian.

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.

In addition to being a devoted musician, Elena is a yoga fanatic; a voracious reader; an occasional scarf knitter; a hopeless dreamer; and a lover of delicious food, semi-colons, and corgis.

Elena Urioste is under general management with New York-based Sciolino Artist Management http://www.samnyc.us/, and is represented in Europe by Thomas Hull of Maestro Arts http://maestroarts.com.

July 2018

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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