Hailed by The Washington Post as “a drop-dead beauty who plays with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor,” violinist Elena Urioste was recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist, and has been featured on the cover of Symphony magazine. She has given acclaimed performances with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras; Boston Pops; New York and Buffalo Philharmonics; and the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Austin, Charleston, Richmond, and San Antonio Symphony Orchestras.
Recent season highlights have included return performances with the Cleveland and Hallé Orchestras and the Chicago and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, a recital debut at the Kennedy Center with pianist Michael Brown, and a series of live BBC Radio 3 broadcasts from England’s Roman River Music Festival. This season sees debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, IRIS Orchestra, and England’s Philharmonia and Opera North orchestras; return engagements with the Delaware and Asheville Symphony Orchestras; and three separate concerto and chamber music appearances in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.
As first-place laureate in both the Junior and Senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition, Elena debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium in 2004 and has returned frequently as soloist. She has collaborated with acclaimed conductors Sir Mark Elder, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Christoph Eschenbach, and Robert Spano; pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Dénes Várjon, and Ignat Solzhenitsyn; cellists Peter Wiley, Colin Carr, and Carter Brey; violists Kim Kashkashian and Michael Tree; and violinists Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, and Cho-Liang Lin.
An avid chamber musician as well as soloist, Elena has been a featured artist at the Marlboro, Ravinia,Cho-Liang Lin. An avid chamber musician as well as soloist, Elena has been a featured artist at the Marlboro, Ravinia, La Jolla, Bridgehampton, Moab, and Sarasota Music Festivals, as well as Switzerland’s Sion-Valais International Music Festival, the Verbier Festival’s winter residency at Schloss Elmau, and is a regular at the Roman River Music Festival in Essex, England. She performs extensively in recital with pianists Michael Brown and Tom Poster.
In 2018 Elenas joins our Communication Training faculty as one half of Intermission, a groundbreaking yoga program that celebrates the symbiosis between music and yoga, allowing musicians to reconnect their minds, bodies, and spirits with the process of music-making, a program begun with fellow violinist Melissa White. Melissa and Elena met in 2003 via a combination of ENCORE School for Strings, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Sphinx Organization. Through their attendance at and performances in affiliation with all three, the two grew to be wonderful friends and natural collaborators. And, fun fact: they both began playing the violin as a result of watching the very same episode of Sesame Street in 1988!