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Elena Portnaya, DMA

Artistic Coordinator, Artistic Director of The Gurwitz International Piano Competition

Concert pianist Elena Portnaya holds two Doctoral Degrees from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and the University of Texas at Austin. Elena is a laureate of numerous international piano competitions and has performed solo and in chamber ensembles in Russia, Poland, England, Portugal, Argentina, Italy, Switzerland and the United States. In 2010-2011 season she was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, working on the preparation of Madame Butterfly, Dead Man Walking and Ariadne auf Naxos, and other works under the baton of the maestro Patrick Summers. Elena is currently the Artistic Coordinator at Musical Bridges Around the World and Artistic Director of its quadrennial Gurwitz International Piano Competition.