Born in Spain, Elena began learning the violin at age seven with Ara Vartanian. From a
very young age she collaborated and performed as a soloist with various orchestras in Spain,
such as the Soloists of Malaga Chamber Orchestra and performed violin concertos by
J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Accolay, Komarovsky among many.


She has performed on several occasions in major venues in the UK including the Queen Elizabeth
Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, St.
John’s Smith Square and St James Picadilly among others. She has also performed as a soloist
with orchestras such as the Torbay Symphony Orchestra, Harrow Symphony Orchestra,
Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra and the Promusica Orchestra. Other performance highlights
include recitals for Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Kent and former Prime Minister Theresa May.


Elena was the winner of the Gold Medal as well as the Audience prize at the Trinity
Laban Gold Medal Showcase 2019. She has also been awarded first and second prizes in
competitions such as the Vera Kantrovitch Solo Strings Competition, Leonard Smith and Felicity
Young Competition, V Muñoz Molleda Andalusian Competition, XII Ángeles Reina Music
Competition to name a few. She was also a finalist at the Yamaha European Foundation
Competition and the Violines por la Paz International Competition. She was awarded the Trinity Laban
Director’s Prize for Excellence in Strings and the John Thompson String Ensemble Prize.


As a chamber musician, she was selected in three occasions for recitals at the Wigmore Hall,
where she performed such pieces as the Tchaikovskys’ Trio in A minor op. 50, Arenskys’ Piano
Quintet op. 51 and Bottesini’s Gran Duo Concertante for violin and double bass. She was also
awarded first prize at the Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Duo competition. Her quartet (the
Dréme Quartet) won second prize at the Cavatina Intercollegiate Competition 2018.


Elena is also a very enthusiastic orchestral player, and she has worked on projects involving
several renowned orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony
Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. She has also been leader of the London
City Orchestra, Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra, Trinity Laban String Ensemble and the Audeat Camerata. She is a member of the Parallax Orchestra, which has performed with various pop and rock artists such as Eminem, Clean Bandit, Bring Me The Horizon and Alter Bridge.


Elena moved to London in 2007 to study with Evgeny Grach at the Purcell School of Music. She
finished her Bachelor’s degree in 2015 at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and she has
recently finished her Masters degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance studying
with professor Ofer Falk as a Violet Wright, Beatrice Taylor and Helen Roll Trust Scholar.

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