Elina Akselrud

American pianist and fine art photographer of Ukrainian origin Elina Akselrud is the founder and artistic director of a multidisciplinary organization Intertwining Arts, as well as the lead artist of all its crossover projects. Elina made her orchestra debut at the age of eight, studying at Kiev Special Music School with Irina Lipatova and Irina Barinova.  She is a prize winner of international piano competitions, such as Chopin on Thousand Islands’10, USA (1st Prize), Chopin in Hartford’12, USA (1st Prize), Midwest’14 in IA, U.S.A (2nd Prize), Chopin in Canberra’14, Australia (3rd Prize) and others. Elina has performed throughout Europe, Australia, and USA; she appeared with orchestras, such as the Ukrainian National Orchestra, the Kaufman Center Orchestra, NEC Symphony, and Lucerne Symphony, among others.  Elina Akselrud received her education at Mannes School of Music in New York City, USA, with Irina Morozova (Bachelor of Music’12), New England Conservatory in Boston, USA, with Alexander Korsantia (Master of Music’14), Hochschule Luzern – Musik in Lucerne, Switzerland, with Konstantin Lifschitz (Master of Arts in Music, Major Solo Performance’18), and Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence, Italy, with Eliso Virsaladze.  Elina is currently working on her Doctoral Degree in Artistic Research at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria, where her project “Artistic Interpretation in a Multidisciplinary Setting – Scriabin’s Five Late Piano Sonatas” has been supervised by Markus Schirmer and Deniz Peters, and where she holds a position of a research assistant.

(SONify! Team 2022)

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