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Jelena’s full biography, detailing her inspiration and awards.

Biography

Jelena’s full biography, detailing her inspiration and awards.

London-based Russian-Lithuanian pianist Jelena Makarova is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician and an accompanist. She has performed internationally in recitals and festivals in USA, UK, Austria, Sweden, Russia and Lithuania. Her piano performances have also been televised in Russia.

Following her graduation from the Royal Academy of Music, Jelena has been performing at the world’s finest concert venues, which include Carnegie Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Purcell Room, St. James’s Piccadilly, St. George’s Hall Bristol and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, where she performed for the prestigious ‘Pianists of the World’ concert series.

Jelena won numerous prizes and awards including third prize at the Marlow International Concerto Competition and first prize at the J. Gruodis National Piano Competition in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her competition winner’s recital was broadcast on Lithuania’s National Radio.

She also appeared in many international festivals and Summer Schools such as Liszt International Piano Festival, Lidköping International Music Festival in Sweden, London Contemporary Music Festival 2017, Beethoven Piano Society’s of Europe Summer Festival, Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists and Nelly Ben-Or International Summer School.

Born in Russia, Jelena relocated with her family to Lithuania, where she received her initial training as a pianist. She first studied at the M.K.Ciurlionis School of Arts, Lithuania’s leading specialist boarding music and arts school, and then continued her training at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, graduating with honours and a Master’s Degree in piano performance, accompaniment and piano teaching.

Jelena then moved to the UK, and continued to study Postgraduate Piano Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied piano with Colin Stone and chamber music with Michael Dussek and Nicola Eimer. She was supported by the Kathleen Trust. During her studies Jelena had a public master class with world-renowned French pianist Pierre Laurent-Aimard. She also performed at the high profile György Kurtág’s music festival ‘Games, Signs and Messages’, where she was coached by the composer and was chosen to perform for the festival’s gala with the guest appearance of Mitsuko Uchida. Jelena graduated from the Royal Academy of Music obtaining her Postgraduate Piano Performance Diploma.

Jelena’s recent solo and collaborative performances include Bösendorfersaal at the Mozart Konzerthaus in Vienna, ILAMS music society and New Music concert series at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. George’s Hall in Bristol, Schubert Institute UK, Blackheath Halls, Brunel Museum as well as Holocaust Memorial Concert and British-Lithuanian Cultural Diplomacy event at the Lithuanian Embassy in London, where she performed as a soloist and an accompanist to celebrated Lithuanian mezzo-sopranos Judita Leitaite and Gabriele Kupšyte.

Born in Russia, Jelena relocated with her family to Lithuania, where she received her initial training as a pianist. She first studied at the M.K.Ciurlionis School of Arts, Lithuania’s leading specialist boarding music and arts school, and then continued her training at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, graduating with honours and a Master’s Degree in piano performance, accompaniment and piano teaching.

Jelena then moved to UK, and continued to study Postgraduate Piano Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied piano with Colin Stone and chamber music with Michael Dussek and Nicola Eimer. She was supported by the Kathleen Trust. During her studies Jelena had a public master class with world-renowned French pianist Pierre Laurent-Aimard. She also performed at the high profile György Kurtág’s music festival ‘Games, Signs and Messages’, where she was coached by the composer and was chosen to perform for the festival’s gala with the guest appearance of Mitsuko Uchida. Jelena graduated from the Royal Academy of Music obtaining her Postgraduate Piano Performance Diploma.

Jelena’s recent solo and collaborative performances include Bösendorfersaal at the Mozart Konzerthaus in Vienna, ILAMS music society and New Music concert series at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. George’s Hall in Bristol, Schubert Institute UK, Blackheath Halls, Brunel Museum as well as Holocaust Memorial Concert and British-Lithuanian Cultural Diplomacy event at the Lithuanian Embassy in London, where she performed as a soloist and an accompanist to celebrated Lithuanian mezzo-sopranos Judita Leitaite and Gabriele Kupšyte.

 

She also regularly performs for various concert societies and music clubs such as St. Boniface Concert Society, King’s Lynn Music Society, Portsmouth Music Club, St. Briavel’s Concert Society and others.

In 2017 Jelena opened Music Marathon for the London Open House Weekend, which took place at the St. John’s Smith Square. She performed as part of Eos Trio with Angela Najaryan and Paul Evernden.

Besides music of a more traditional nature, Jelena also enjoys performing New Music. She has been working with and performed, as a soloist and chamber musician, works by many established living composers such as Kurtág, Pärt, Hesketh, Borenstein, Causton, Germanavicius, Wallen, Turnage, Woolrich, Haigh, Nesbit as well as music by young up-and-coming composers. In 2017 she was a pianist for RMN Contemporary Music Workshop in London, where she showcased music by composers from worldwide in two consecutive piano recitals. This included several World Premieres.

Jelena also promotes music by female composers. She was a pianist for the Ethyl Smyth piano trio in residence and has performed several recitals of music by women composers such as Weir, Slater, Briggs, Westwood, Bacewicz for the ‘Illuminate‘ Women’s Music Concert Series, alongside Korean violinist Elvina Auh and Canadian cellist Daryl Giuliano.

She is also a part of an ongoing performance project with soprano Jessica Summers called  ‘Living Songs’, which involves performing songs from the twenty first century alongside more well known repertoire. Recent ‘Living Songs’ performances included recitals and workshops at King’s College London and Brunel University.

Jelena enjoys collaborations with other musicians as well as cross-arts collaborations. She has worked with New London Orchestra, King’s College School London, Royal Ballet School and Gallery Singers choir which she performed with at Brunel Museum for Thames Tunnel Festival London.

She has also performed with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain for the orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Concert at the St. John’s Smith Square, which included a World Premiere of the work by acclaimed British Composer Kenneth Hesketh entitled ‘Guilded Theatre’.

Jelena recently took part in the Baltic Art Form multimedia dance and music performance at London’s Pleasance Theatre, where she performed alongside Swedish soprano Nina Kopparhed, Canadian cellist Daryl Giuliano, Turkish clarinettist Özlem Çelik and international contemporary dancers in the World Premiere of the ‘Invisible Effect’, composed by the renowned Latvian composer Platon Buravicky and choreographed by Kirill Burlov. The performance was supported by the Latvian Ministry of Culture.

Jelena also promotes music by female composers. She was a pianist for the Ethyl Smyth piano trio in residence and has performed several recitals of music by women composers such as Weir, Slater, Briggs, Westwood, Bacewicz for the ‘Illuminate‘ Women’s Music Concert Series, alongside Korean violinist Elvina Auh and Canadian cellist Daryl Giuliano.

She is also a part of an ongoing performance project with soprano Jessica Summers called ‘Living Songs’, which involves performing songs from the twenty first century alongside more well known repertoire. Recent ‘Living Songs’ performances included recitals and workshops at King’s College London and Brunel University.

Jelena enjoys collaborations with other musicians as well as cross-arts collaborations. She has worked with New London Orchestra, King’s College School London, Royal Ballet School and Gallery Singers choir which she performed with at Brunel Museum for Thames Tunnel Festival London.

She has also performed with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain for the orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Concert at the St. John’s Smith Square, which included a world premiere of the work by acclaimed British Composer Kenneth Hesketh entitiled ‘Guilded Theatre’.

Jelena recently took part in the Baltic Art Form multimedia dance and music performance at London’s Pleasance Theatre, where she performed alongside Swedish soprano Nina Kopparhed, Canadian cellist Daryl Giuliano, Turkish clarinettist Özlem Çelik and international contemporary dancers in the world premiere of the ‘Invisible Effect’, composed by the renowned Latvian composer Platon Buravicky and choreographed by Kirill Burlov. The performance was supported by the Latvian Ministry of Culture.

Jelena is a member of several ensemble groups: vocal-piano duo with soprano Nina Kopparhed, Trio Sonorité (clarinet, cello and piano) and St. Katharine Piano Duo with Katya Schneider, formed and supported by her local organisation, Royal Foundation of St. Katharine.

She is also an educator and is currently employed by Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Educational Services (THAMES).

Jelena’s upcoming engagements include performances for the Schubert Institute UK, Harrow Music Festival and songs recording with soprano Nina Kopparhed.

Jelena had master classes with Pierre Laurent-Aimard (France), Paul Lewis (UK), Ian Hobson (USA), composer-pianist György Kurtág (Hungary), Herbert Zahling (Germany), Roger Vignoles (UK), Murray McLachlan (UK) and Joan Havill (UK).