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Elena Ryepkina - Piano
Pianist Elena Ryepkina has gained significant praise for her elegant and energetic performances, receiving rave reviews for her evocative style, vivacious interpretations and artistic sensitivity. In concerts typified by richness and precise articulation, Elena has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, winning over audiences and critics alike with her fluid and graceful style.
Because of her almost palpable energy, flamboyant personality, and diverse musical tastes, Lena continues to acquire new fans wherever she performs. With professional engagements crisscrossing the world, she constantly travels to music venues in Europe and the United States. Currently she maintains an active coaching schedule in both New York City and Philadelphia, where she is well known as a concert pianist, opera coach, and authority on Russian music.
Among her competition awards are top prizes in the Athens, Greece International Piano Competition, as well as the MTNA National Piano Competition, the NJMTNA Piano Competition, and the International Piano Competition in Washington, D.C., where as first prize winner she performed a solo recital in the U.S. State Department.
Musically, Ms. Ryepkina’s expansive repertoire includes multiple styles and genres, from
classical music to popular music. Ms. Ryepkina is also a composer, creating original pieces of music that allow for the interplay between rational objectivity and emotional transport. Her compositions have been described as delightful, intelligent and charming. She enjoys improvisational music and playing for the spontaneity it allows in creative musical expression.
As an opera coach and accompanist, Elena has worked for some of the foremost opera companies in the United States, with singers who have graced the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and St. Petersburg Opera house. At Saratoga Opera she participated in the world premiere of the opera Eleanor Roosevelt, written for solo piano and singers. In summer 2010 she was invited to be the Russian coach and prepare the singers for a new production of Boris Godunov with Utah Festival Opera. Ms. Ryepkina also maintains her piano study in the Philadelphia region, where she is in demand as a dedicated piano teacher.
Ms. Ryepkina was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine. She received three master degrees: two in piano performance from the Tchaikovsky Music Conservatory and New Jersey’s Rowan University, plus a double master degree in opera coaching and chamber music from Temple University in Philadelphia. She has studied with internationally acclaimed pianists Tatiana Verkina, Veda Zuponcic, Boris Fedorov, Lambert Orkis and others.