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Elena Klionsky

Elena Klionsky began playing the piano at the age of five in her native St. Petersburg, Russia, and gave her first public performance at the age of six. Upon her family’s relocation to the United States in 1974, she continued her studies at The Juilliard School of Music, where she began at the Pre-College Division and subsequently earned her bachelor and master degrees and was the recipient of the prestigious Petschek Scholarship. At the Juilliard School, she was among the very few to have the opportunity of studying with some of the most distinguished teachers in the world: Nadia Reisenberg, Adele Marcus, William Masselos, and Jacob Lateiner. Her Chamber Music teachers were Dorothy Delay, Harvey Shapiro, and Tossy Spivakovsky. While in high school, at New York City’s renowned High School for the Performing Arts, where she graduated with the B’nai B’rith Award for Outstanding Performance in Music, she was named “Promising Young Artist” by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and chosen to play the piano for a cameo role in the MGM movie “Fame.”

Miss Klionsky has an impressive list of performance credits. She made her first appearance in Lincoln Center in New York as a high school student with the National Music Week orchestra conducted by Julius Grossman. Miss Klionsky performed her recital debut in New York to a sold-out audience in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She made her professional orchestral debut performing for fifteen thousand people on the same bill as Itzhak Perlman with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Vakhtang Jordania. She has returned to Chattanooga many times to sold-out audiences. Her solo recitals, orchestral appearances, and TV and radio performances have taken her across the United States to Canada and Mexico, through Western Europe to Southeast Asia and to her native Russia, where she performed with the leading orchestras including Moscow State Symphony, St. Petersburg Camerata, Ural Philharmonic Orchestra and Russian Federal Orchestra. Miss Klionsky was the first foreigner ever to open the annual “Moscow Stars” Festival in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

Her love of Chamber Music has taken Ms. Klionsky on tours to Holland, Belgium, Italy, and Canada. She has also performed Duo Piano concerts with a Taiwanese pianist Virginia Wei-Tsen Shiao, with whom she recorded for Solaris Classics. She recorded American and Belgian contemporary repertoire for Belgian radio.

Miss Klionsky appeared on American TV on ABC’s “People, Places, and Things” and on the WNYC radio’s “Young American Artists” broadcasts. She has made appearances on television in Finland, the Soviet Union and on radio in the Netherlands and Mexico.

Miss Klionsky’s extensive repertoire and profound understanding of Beethoven’s work has brought her invitations to speak about Beethoven’s life and music to diverse audiences across the United States as well as abroad. At the same time, because of her appreciation for and many performances of music by the renowned contemporary American composer Vincent Persichetti and his student, the Argentinean-American composer, Martin Matalon, Mr. Matalon has been commissioned to write a piano concerto for her.

Miss Klionsky has played numerous concerts for various charities including Elizabeth Taylor’s “Concert for AIDS” in Helsinki, violinist Isaac Stern’s seventy-fifth birthday celebration for Ben Gurion University, “Operation Exodus” of the United Jewish Appeal, Jerusalem Karen Or Center for the Blind, and Moscow’s first Russian Orthodox Sunday School for Children. Because of her diverse background and firm grounding in the cultures of her two home countries, Ms. Klionsky was invited to serve on the Board of Directors of the American-Russian Young Artists Orchestra.

Miss Klionsky has been selected for listing in American Keyboard Artists and World Who’s Who of Women.

Elena Klionsky lives with her family in New York City.

Visit her website at http://www.elenaklionsky.com/


Program Bio

Elena Klionsky holds the coveted title of a Steinway Artist since 2008.

She began playing piano at the age of five in her native St. Petersburg, Russia. When her family relocated to the United States she continued her studies in New York at the High School for the Performing Arts and The Juilliard School. She graduated from Juilliard Pre-College Division, College, and Graduate school.

As a student, Elena performed weekly for many years on the “Science of Mind” programs in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, made an appearance on ABC TV’s “People, Places, and Things” program, often performed on WNYC radio, and made her orchestral debut at Lincoln Center with the National Music Week Orchestra. She was also named “Promising Young Artist” by the National Foundation For Advancement In The Arts.

Ms. Klionsky had her professional orchestral debut at the age of 21 with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra in the same program with Itzhak Perlman in front of 15,000 people. Since then, her solo recitals, orchestral appearances, and chamber music and duo piano performances have taken her throughout the United States to Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. In her native Russia she has performed with the leading orchestras, including Moscow State Symphony, St. Petersburg Camerata, Ural Philharmonic Orchestra and Russian Federal Orchestra. Miss Klionsky was also the first foreigner to open the annual “Moscow Stars” Festival in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

Despite undergoing eleven hand and shoulder surgeries after an accident, Elena persevered and has built a vast repertoire which includes music of Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Schubert and Liszt as well as Scriabine, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and her favorite American composer, Vincent Persichetti. Composers from several countries have written music for Elena to perform.

Ms. Klionsky has played numerous concerts in support of different charities including Elizabeth Taylor’s Concert For AIDS, Isaac Stern’s birthday celebration for the Ben Gurion University, Operation Exodus for the United Jewish Appeal, First Russian Orthodox Sunday School for Children in Moscow, CONTACT Helpline/Safehaven, Hadassah Women, Jerusalem’s Karen Or Center For The Blind, and many others.

Elena Klionsky recently had the honor of performing a 2-hour concert at the White House as part of the “National Treasures” events.

Visit her website at http://www.elenaklionsky.com/

Press Quotes

“…highlight of the evening…great dexterity…dazzling passages…remarkable maturity and power from a slender young woman…strong emotional content in the Russian tradition…received a standing ovation…one of the most promising young pianists on the world scene…”
– Allan Chesney (Chattanooga News-Free Press)

“…musician with command of her instrument…fluency at her natural best…”
– Bernard Holland (The New York Times)

“…Elena Klionsky immediately captivated the listeners through the loving care with which she approached the classical works, while at the same time making no attempts of injecting herself into the scene…technical bravura and heartily felt belcanto…for someone who has the talent and technique of this artist, these sheets of a salon album seem to be playing themselves…impressive art…”
– Saarbrucher Zeitung, Germany

“…Elena Klionsky took the lead and showed her talents as a pianist in a superb way…”
– Het Vaderland (Amsterdam, Holland)


Press questions:

The following questions are intended for print and broadcast journalists in connection with interviews with Elena Klionsky. These topics are designed to facilitate conversation with her and will make for a fascinating interview:

1. Tell me about your work with the music of Beethoven. What drew you to delving so deeply into his music?

2. What drew you to some of the other composers you’ve championed, such as Martin Matalon?

3. Are there other works from this type of repertoire that you’ll be recording or performing? How about any other favorite contemporary composers you’ve worked with or would like to work with?

4. Tell me about your friendship with the conductor Vakhtang Jordania and collaborations with many fine artists and organizations you have worked with over the years.

5. Tell me about your current projects. Where will you be performing during the next concert season?

6. Do you like the CD recording process?

7. Have there been any joys or problems you have encountered along the way as someone from Russia coming to live in the United States?

8. How are you responding to the changing face of classical music in the 21st century?

9. What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you in any of your concert or recording studio experiences?

10. What does the future hold for Elena Klionsky?

Elena Klionsky’s website is at http://www.elenaklionsky.com/

All press inquiries should be directed to Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@worldnet.att.net