Elena Tsvetkova, piano
Elena Tsvetkova graduated summa cum laude from the Mussorgsky Music College in St. Petersburg, Russia and the State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her degrees are in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. She also earned a diploma as a concert pianist. After graduating, she was appointed as an Assistant Piano Professor and was the staff accompanist for strings at the Petrozavodsk Branch of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
Ms. Tsvetkova began her career as a performer on radio and television in Russia at the age of ten. After graduating from the Conservatory, she performed extensively as an accompanist for the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and has collaborated with many soloists in the All-Russia and international competitions, as well as chamber music groups and vocalists. From 1984 to 2001, she performed solo and chamber music recitals in the most famous concert halls of Saint Petersburg and Moscow. She was active as a piano teacher at several St. Petersburg music schools and received numerous government awards for the excellence of teaching. In Russia, her students have won prizes in prestigious festivals and competitions, including the All Russia Chamber Music contest for young musicians.
Ms. Tsvetkova moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 2001, and is in demand as a teacher, collaborative pianist, soloist, clinician and adjudicator. In 2001 she joined the faculty of the Midwestern Music Camp at the University of Kansas and in 2002, 2003 she was a faculty member at the Heifetz International Music Institute. In November 2005, she was invited to perform at the International Convention in Ithaca, NY, and in May 2006 had a concert tour in Mexico. In October 2007, she performed a piano recital in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Tsvetkova's latest international tours were in Brazil, where she gave solo concerts and taught master classes in Sao Paulo in 2013, and performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 5 "The Emperor" with Orquestra Sinfonica Muncipal de Ourinhos in 2013. She continues to play solo, chamber music and piano ensembles recitals every year and has performed in such venues as the Van Cliburn Recital Hall, Fort Worth; Steinway Recital Hall in Dallas; Meadows Museum, Dallas Museum of Arts, Southern Methodist University, University of North Dallas in Denton and University of Texas at Arlington. Ms. Tsvetkova has collaborated with many renowned soloists. These include the famed cellist Nathaniel Rosen, Gold Medal winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition and the trio "Les Amis", who are string principals of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with Yuri Mazurkevich, Professor of Violin at Boston University and Shirley Givens, Professor of Violin at the Juilliard School of Music. In Russia, she has played recitals with many of the finest musicians of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and St. Petersburg Camerata Orchestra of the Hermitage Museum. Her international tours include Russia, Finland, Sweden, Israel, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.