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Book a Lesson with Elina Akselrud
I play and teach all kinds of classical music - from Baroque to Contemporary. I think it is very important to understand how unique and complete each individual style is - therefore, I don't really have a favorite one, since they are all incredible. I am an open-minded and easy going person, always willing to collaborate with my students' needs and ideas when it gets to piano playing. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about lessons - I will be more than happy to reply! Looking forward to hearing from you soon and please check out my full bio below:
Ukrainian-born pianist Elina Akselrud began receiving her professional music education at Kiev Lysenko Special Music School with Irina Lipatova and Irina Barinova. At the age of eight she had her orchestra debut with Sumy Chamber orchestra “Renaissance”. During the years of 1998-2003 Elina received prizes at International Competitions for Young Pianists, such as Alemdar Karamanov in Ukraine; “Konzerteum” in Greece; Anatoly Zatin in Ukraine; Chopin for Children and Youth in Poland; In memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine, and “Citta di Ostra” in Italy, as well as performed with the National Academic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine at the Lysenko National Philharmonic Hall in Kiev. In 2000 Elina also appeared as a solo and chamber musician during tours in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.
After moving to the United States in 2005 Elina continued her studies with Irina Morozova at Special Music School at Kaufman Center in New York City. During her high school years (2005-2008), she became a prize-winner at the following Piano Competitions: Ithaca College, NY (1st prize); The Empire State Piano Competition in Saratoga Springs, NY (1st Prize); Leschetizky Association Piano Concerto Competition in New York City (2nd Prize); Woodmere Young Artists in Hewlett, NY (1st Prize) and Special Music School at Kaufman Center Concerto Competition (The Top Prize). She was also featured at the “Young Artists’ Showcase” on WQXR, hosted by Robert Sherman. Her U.S. orchestra appearances include Ithaca College Symphony and Kaufman Center Orchestra.
In 2012 Elina Akselrud received her Bachelor of Music Degree with honors and the Wahl Performance Award from Mannes College, The New School for Music in New York City, studio of Irina Morozova. During her BM studies Elina was supported by The Francis E. and Esther B. Elliott Scholarship Fund. In 2009 she performed the Two Chopin Piano Concerti in an exclusive chamber arrangement for piano and a string quintet. In 2010 Elina gave a series of solo recitals with an all-Chopin program at the “Chopin 200 Marathon” – a festival dedicated to Frédéric Chopin’s 200th Anniversary at the World Financial Center in New York City. In the course of her college years she was awarded prizes at the 5 Towns Music and Art Foundation Young Musician Competition in Hewlett, NY (2nd Prize, 2010); The VIII Chopin on 1000 Islands International Piano Competition in Cape Vincent, NY (1st Prize, 2010); and The III Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT (1st Prize, 2012).
In 2014 Elina earned her Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., where she studied with Alexander Korsantia. During her MM studies Elina was supported by the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation Scholarship via NEC and by a private scholarship from Paula Kremer. In 2013 she won the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition and appeared with Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in Jordan Hall in Boston with NEC Symphony under the baton of David Loebel. In 2014 Elina was a winner of 2nd Prize at I Midwest International Piano Competition in Cedar Falls, IA, USA and 3rd Prize at II Chopin International Piano Competition in Canberra, Australia.
Ms. Akselrud’s artistic activity includes appearances in such well-known venues as the Lysenko National Philharmonic Hall of Ukraine and The “Ukraine” Palace in Kiev, Wiener Saal at Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Verbrugghen Hall at Sydney Conservatorium, Mannes Concert Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Tenri Cultural Institute, Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City, Jordan Hall in Boston, and a number other venues in Ukraine, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Georgia, Slovenia, Australia, Portugal, and the United States. She participated in master classes with Ann Schein, Richard Goode, Glenn Dicterow, Marian Hahn, Alexander Braginsky, Baruch Meir, and Boris Slutskiy.
Recently Elina received 3rd Prize at the 18th International Music Competition Jean Françaix in Vanves, France. She is currently continuing her post-graduate professional training at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence, Italy under the tutelage of Eliso Virsaladze and Hochschule Luzern – Musik in Lucerne, Switzerland, studio of Konstantin Lifschitz.
I teach using the "Slavic school" style of piano playing. I myself was taught by professors in Kiev, New York City, Boston, and Florence, who were students of the leading pedagogues of the Kiev, St. Petersburg, Tbilisi, and Moscow conservatories. My own teaching style is based on this system since I find it very effective and extremely productive.
I have been teaching throughout my bachelor's and master's studies, and I have experience with students of different ages. I am always looking for an individual approach that would work best for the student, based on his/her background, experience, interest, and availability to practice between lessons. I would say that I am a patient, but at the same time demanding teacher. My goal is to inspire the student to enjoy the process (even when it gets tough) and to always reach for the result.
I received my BM at Mannes College, The New School for Music in NYC and MM at New England Conservatory in Boston. I am currently working on my Solo Performance degree in Lucerne, Switzerland and attending the Course of Professional Perfection in Florence, Italy.