ELENA URIOSTE, featured on the cover of Symphony magazine as an emerging artist to watch, has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for her lush tone, the nuanced lyricism of her playing, and her commanding stage presence. Elena's debut performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2010 were praised by three separate critics for their "hypnotic delicacy," "expressive poise," and "lyrical sensitivity." Since first appearing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age thirteen, she has made acclaimed debuts with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Richmond, San Antonio, and Sarasota symphony orchestras. In Europe, Elena has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Hungary's Orchestra Dohnånyi Budafok. She debuts with the Würzburg Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2010-11 season.
As first-place laureate in both the Junior and Senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition, she debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and has returned annually as soloist. She has collaborated with acclaimed conductors Sir Mark Elder, Keith Lockhart, Robert Spano, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Alondra de la Parra; pianists Christopher O'Riley and Ignat Solzhenitsyn; cellists Zuill Bailey and Carter Brey; and violinists Shlomo Mintz, Cho-Liang Lin, and David Kim. Elena has been a featured artist in the Ravinia, La Jolla, and Sarasota Music Festivals, as well as Switzerland's Sion Valais International Music Festival. She was a first-prize winner of the Sion International Violin Competition, which also awarded her its audience prize and the prize for best performance of the competition's newly commissioned work.
Elena made her Wigmore Hall recital debut in 2009 as one of three recipients of the prestigious London Music Masters Award. Earlier that year she debuted at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. She makes her first appearance at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival in 2010.
Her media credits include the popular radio programs From the Top and Performance Today; appearances on Telemundo and NBC's Today Show; and a McGraw Young Artists Showcase performance for a live studio audience at WQXR's Greene Space in New York City. She is featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Breaking the Sound Barrier, and in numerous magazines including Symphony, Strings, Philadelphia Music Makers, and Careers and Colleges. Her first CD was released on the White Pine label.
Elena is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. She completed graduate studies with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School. Other notable teachers include David Cerone, Choong-Jin Chang, Soovin Kim, and the late Rafael Druian.
The outstanding instruments now being used by Elena are an Alessandro Gagliano violin, Naples c. 1706, and a Pierre Simon bow, both on extended loan from the private collection of Dr. Charles E. King. elenaurioste.com