JELENA MAKAROVA (piano) is a Russian born Lithuanian pianist. She started playing piano at the age of five and began her training as a pianist at the State School of Arts for Gifted Children, Lithuania. She then continued her studies at the Lithuanian Music Academy. During her studies Jelena won 1st prize at the National Competition for Young Pianists. She graduated in 2000 with a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance, Piano Teaching and Accompaniment with all-round Distinctions.
Jelena then moved to the UK and was accepted to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London. She studied piano with C. Stone and chamber music with N.Eimer and M.Dussek. During her studies Jelena was nominated by the Academy and performed music by G.Kurtag at a public masterclass with the French pianist Pierre Laurent-Aimard. Jelena also performed at the prestigious Kurtag music festival ‘Games, Signs and Messages’. In 2005 Jelena graduated from the Royal Academy and obtained her Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Piano Performance.
Jelena has now established a career as a performer, chamber musician and piano teacher. She has appeared in recitals and festivals in the UK, Russia, Sweden and Lithuania. She lives in Limehouse, East London and currently teaches piano for Tower Hamlets Music Service.
Recent performances include solo recitals at St Martin’s in the Fields and St James Piccadilly, London.