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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.