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London-based violinist / session musician. Experienced in solo, chamber and orchestral playing. Very versatile and always ready to perform.
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Born in Spain, Elena began learning the violin at age seven with Ara Vartanian. From a very young age she collaborated and performed as a soloist with various orchestras in Spain, such as the Soloists of Malaga Chamber Orchestra and performed violin concertos by J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Accolay, Komarovsky among many. She has performed on several occasions in major venues in the UK including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, St. John’s Smith Square and St James Picadilly among others. She has also performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Torbay Symphony Orchestra, Harrow Symphony Orchestra, Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra and the Promusica Orchestra. Other performance highlights include recitals for Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Kent and former Prime Minister Theresa May. Elena was the winner of the Gold Medal as well as the Audience prize at the Trinity Laban Gold Medal Showcase 2019. She has also been awarded first and second prizes in competitions such as the Vera Kantrovitch Solo Strings Competition, Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Competition, V Muñoz Molleda Andalusian Competition, XII Ángeles Reina Music Competition to name a few. She was also a finalist at the Yamaha European Foundation Competition and the Violines por la Paz International Competition. She was awarded the Trinity Laban Director’s Prize for Excellence in Strings and the John Thompson String Ensemble Prize. As a chamber musician, she was selected in three occasions for recitals at the Wigmore Hall, where she performed such pieces as the Tchaikovskys’ Trio in A minor op. 50, Arenskys’ Piano Quintet op. 51 and Bottesini’s Gran Duo Concertante for violin and double bass. She was also awarded first prize at the Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Duo competition. Her quartet (the Dréme Quartet) won second prize at the Cavatina Intercollegiate Competition 2018. Elena is also a very enthusiastic orchestral player, and she has worked on projects involving several renowned orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. She has also been leader of the London City Orchestra, Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra, Trinity Laban String Ensemble and the Audeat Camerata. She is a member of the Parallax Orchestra, which has performed with various pop and rock artists such as Eminem, Clean Bandit, Bring Me The Horizon and Alter Bridge. Elena moved to London in 2007 to study with Evgeny Grach at the Purcell School of Music. She finished her Bachelor’s degree in 2015 at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and she has recently finished her Masters degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance studying with professor Ofer Falk as a Violet Wright, Beatrice Taylor and Helen Roll Trust Scholar.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Pop, Rock, Covers, Acoustic, Hard rock, Pop rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal, Baroque, Classical crossover, Opera, Musical theatre, Film / TV music
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Charity event
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Actor, Arranger, Orchestrator, Songwriter, Instrumental teaching, Fluent improviser
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Song list

Please get in touch to discuss repertoire. If you cannot find a specific piece in this list, it is very likely I could arrange to perform it at your event anyway!
WORKS FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA
BACH Violin Concerto in E major BWV 1042
BEETHOVEN Romance No. 1 in G major Op. 40
BEETHOVEN Romance No. 2 in F major Op. 50
BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D major Op. 77
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 26
LALO Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major KV 216
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major KV 218
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major KV 219
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 19
RAVEL Tzigane Rapsodie de Concert
SAINT-SAENS Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor Op. 61
SAINT-SAENS Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28
SARASATE Zigeunerweisen Op. 20
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35
TCHAIKOVSKY Sérénade Mélancolique Op. 26
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS 'The Lark Ascending' (1914)
WIENIAWSKI Polonaise No. 1 in D major Op. 4
SONATAS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO
BEETHOVEN Sonatas - Complete
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 1 in D major Op. 12
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 2 in A major Op. 12
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 3 in E-flat major Op. 12
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 4 in A minor Op. 23
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 5 in F major Op. 24 'Spring'
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 7 in C minor Op. 30
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 8 in G major Op. 30
BRAHMS Sonatas - Complete
BRAHMS Sonata No. 1 in G major Op. 78 'Regenlied'
BRAHMS Sonata No. 2 in A major Op. 100
BRAHMS Sonata No. 3 in D minor Op. 108
DEBUSSY Sonata in G minor L 140
ELGAR Sonata in E minor Op. 82 (1918)
FAURE Sonata No. 1 in A major Op. 13
FRANCK Sonata in A major
HANDEL Sonata No. 4 in D major
LECLAIR Sonata No. 3 'Tambourin'
MOZART Sonata in G major KV 301
MOZART Sonata in E minor KV 304
MOZART Sonata in A major KV 305
MOZART Sonata in B-flat major KV 378
MOZART Sonata in G major KV 379
MOZART Sonata in B-flat major KV 454
VIRTUOSO WORKS, SUITES, ENCORE PIECES
ELGAR Salut d'Amour Op. 12
RAVEL Tzigane Rhapsodie de Concert
SAINT-SAENS Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28
SARASATE Navarra for Two Violins
SARASATE Zapateado
SARASATE Zigeunerweisen Op. 20
TCHAIKOVSKY Sérénade Mélancolique Op. 26
TCHAIKOVSKY Valse Sentimentale
WIENIAWSKI Polonaise in A major Op. 4
WORKS FOR SOLO VIOLIN
BACH Sonata No. 1 in G minor BWV 1001
BACH Sonata No. 2 in A minor BWV 1003
BACH Partita No. 3 in E major BWV 1006
KREISLER Recitativo and Scherzo Caprice
WORKS FOR CHAMBER MUSIC
BRAHMS Horn Trio in E-flat Major Op. 40
DVORAK Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor Op. 90 B. 166 'Dumky'
HALVORSEN Passacaglia for Violin and Viola
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor Op. 66
MENDELSSOHN String Octet Op. 24 in E-flat major Op. 20
RACHMANINOFF Trio elegiaque No. 1 in G minor
SMETANA Piano Trio in G minor Op. 15

Reviews

From customers:

Mario M, 2 years ago

Since I had the pleasure of meeting Elena, I discovered a real passionate and inspiring musician. Elena has a very efficient way of working in any kind of setting. As an accompanist in Elena’s class, I witnessed students success towards their goals. Not only she's a great teacher but also a great performer and a very creative individual. Always a real pleasure to work with her.

Beatrice, 2 years ago

Elena is a lovely girl. She managed to organize at very short notice a full string quartet for my cousin's wedding. Quick, reliable and fantastic playing - Everything was perfect!!