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Elena Urioste | News


INTERMISSION and Chamber Music by the Sea
July 29, 2017

Dear friends,

August is going to be HOT!!! In just three weeks, my music/yoga program Intermission will be hosting its inaugural Retreat. 20 musicians and yogis (or, in some cases, yogis-to-be!) will gather at the gorgeous Wilburton Inn in Manchester, Vermont for a week of music-making; mindful, alignment-based yoga tailored specifically for musicians’ bodies and mindsets; fresh, organic, farm-to-table food; and time to share artistic ideas and inspiration with each other. Melissa White (Intermission’s other mommy) and I could not be more excited!

Then, in exactly one month, my chamber music festival on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Chamber Music by the Sea, will enjoy its second year. Formerly “Chamber Music in Berlin”, the festival has already expanded to two other towns, and added two concerts plus a whole day of educational activities to its resume. If you happen to be in the vicinity of Berlin, Snow Hill, or South Point, MD from August 29-September 3, please join us for a concert! Details can be found on Chamber Music by the Sea’s Facebook page.

All this in addition to performing at a west coast chamber music festival plus an LA Phil debut… See you on the other side!
Project Launch: INTERMISSION
December 15, 2016

To my dear supporters,

I hope you are really well and that the holiday season is treating you beautifully so far!

As you may have noticed from some recent social media posts, my dear friend and fellow violinist/yogini/Curtis alum/Sphinxie Melissa White and I are gearing up to launch a project that is incredibly near and dear to our hearts. Together we have created Intermission, a program that celebrates the symbiosis between music and yoga, allowing musicians to reconnect their minds, bodies, and spirits with the process of music-making.

Intermission will have two branches: Sessions, an annual two-week-long workshop for exceptional young string players that combines personalized musical education with a daily yoga practice; and the Retreat, a week-long getaway for seasoned professional musicians to hone their crafts, practice yoga, and share creative ideas – sort of an artist colony meets yoga retreat.

We are all set to unveil our website and officially launch Intermission on January 2, 2017. Leading up to the 2nd, we will be doing a little pre-launch campaign on social media called “The 12 Days of Intermission”, during which we’ll offer a daily taste of what is to come: photography from the website, testimonials from fellow musicians about the benefits of yoga, our inspiration behind the whole project, etc.

I’m posting here because Melissa and I would love it if you could help us, in whatever small way, get the word out about Intermission. We will be posting on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts each day from December 22-January 2, and if you would consider sharing our posts – even a few of them – we would be so grateful! We would be so honored if we could have the privilege of introducing Intermission to you and your loved ones.

Stay tuned, happiest holidays, and take care! xx
Echoes: Available Now on BIS Records
October 7, 2016

Echoes, my music-baby with pianist/composer Michael Brown, is HERE! Head over to eClassical.com to download or visit iTunes to pre-order our first album together, featuring works by Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel, Amy Beach, and the inimitable Mr. Brown himself. Or stop by one of our concerts to pick up a physical copy, if you still have a CD player… (I don’t!)

Thank you BIS Records for believing in us, and most of all, thank you Mr. Silverstein. This one’s for you.
Chamber Music in Berlin
August 11, 2016

Hi everyone — first of all, I’m going to stop pretending that there’s some imaginary assistant writing these News entries for me and switch from the third person to the first. I hope that’s okay? Ahhh, much better.

So guess what!? I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think I’ve accidentally started a chamber music festival…

With the invaluable brainpower of cellist Nicholas Canellakis and friend/neighbor/knower of all things local Laurie Andes, we are kicking off “Year Zero” of Chamber Music in Berlin in just a few weeks here in gorgeous, beachy Maryland.

Wait — Berlin? Gorgeous? Beachy? Maryland!? Yup!!! We are delighted to bring chamber music to the super-cool town of Berlin, Maryland (seriously, it was voted America’s Coolest Small Town — by whom, I’m not exactly sure, but still), just moments away from stunning bay views, the surreally beautiful Assateague Island National Seashore, wild ponies, and all the hardshell crabs you could ever want.

Joining me and Nick for our inaugural year of concerts will be dear friends and colleagues Benjamin Beilman (violin) and Matthew Lipman (viola) for an American-themed program of beloved classics on Friday, August 26th at Buckingham Presbyterian Church. Nick and I will also present a violin/cello duo program on Wednesday, August 24th at a private home with spectacular bay views, and on the morning of August 25th I will give a violin master class for talented local young musicians at Stephen Decatur Middle School.

I’m sure I’ve forgotten all sorts of key information here, but I will be posting regular updates on my Facebook and Twitter pages, so please follow me there for an embarrassment of Maryland-related riches! And as always, if you have any questions/comments/concerns, please feel free to write to me here using the Contact page form.

And if you’re in the area, please stop by!

June 25, 2016

Elena and Michael Brown, her regular recital partner and dear friend, are thrilled to announce the release of their debut recording together on BIS Records. Their album, Echoes, will be available in October 2016 and will feature early recital works by Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel, Amy Beach, and Michael Brown, a gifted composer in addition to extraordinary pianist. This has been a dream project in the making for some time now and they could not be more thrilled to share Echoes with you in a few short months!
But Not For Me
May 22, 2015

Elena is thrilled — and, frankly, still a bit stunned — to announce that the film she acted and performed in last year, Ryan Carmichael’s first feature project But Not For Me, will receive its world premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival this coming June! Elena plays Hope, a brash, disillusioned Juilliard dropout who is nonetheless intent on saving the world through the power of music. The film will screen twice, first on June 4th at 9 p.m. at Nitehawk Cinema (Williamsburg), and again on June 7th at 8 p.m. at Windmill Studios (Greenpoint). For more information on the film’s premiere, as well as the Brooklyn Film Festival, please visit:


Snow Dates
February 23, 2015

The winter of 2015 has been a bit unfriendly to the Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio — two of their concerts in the New York area this February have been postponed due to snow. Their performances for Tertulia and Ringwood Friends of Chamber Music will be rescheduled, hopefully both for early June, so please check back frequently for updates!
Upcoming New York Performances
January 22, 2015

As with many traveling musicians, it’s the rare concert that Elena plays that doesn’t require wings for its commute. Typically the question “When are you playing in New York!?” is met with a wistful sigh and a “Not for a while, unfortunately…” Well, no longer! The next two months see five performances for Elena in the New York area, most a quick subway trip away. Click on the dates below for more details:

~January 26: Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio (Harding’s Restaurant, NYC)

~February 19: chamber music for Music By The Glass (Louis K. Meisel Gallery, NYC)

~February 21: Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio (Ringwood, NJ)

~February 22: Beethoven Violin Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony (United Palace Theater, NYC)

~March 8: Beethoven Violin Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony (Carnegie Hall, NYC)
European Representation
December 18, 2014

Elena, a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist (2012-2014), is eager to continue her performance schedule in the United Kingdom and Europe and is delighted to announce that she is now represented abroad by Thomas Hull of Ingpen & Williams. Upcoming engagements include a recording with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and a recital appearance in Munich, Germany with recital partner Michael Brown.
Six More Days…
May 29, 2014

…to listen to the broadcast of Elena’s recent performance of the mighty Beethoven Violin Concerto, Op. 61, with the BBC Philharmonic and Richard Farnes, conductor. The BBC Philharmonic is quickly becoming one of Elena’s most treasured collaborators: over the past five months, she has performed and/or recorded five major works with the orchestra, each experience more pleasurable than the last. On June 20th, she will join them once again for a recording session of the Bruch Concerto No. 1 in G minor before making her way to Chicago to perform the same piece with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

But she digresses! To listen to the Beethoven Violin Concerto, click here.
Great Britain, Great Times!
December 6, 2013

The past ten days in England were a whirlwind for Elena, to say the least! Now, with a recording of Vaughan William’s “The Lark Ascending” and a performance of Elgar’s epic Violin Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic, a Wigmore Hall lunchtime recital, and a Maida Vale studio recording of Schubert’s Rondo Brilliante and Prokofiev’s haunting F minor Sonata all under her belt, she is back at home and eager to commence some serious relaxation time and Christmas market-hopping. Her Wigmore recital with pianist Michael Brown is available to stream online for a few more days — click here to listen to their program of Janacek, Amy Beach, and Strauss.

Elena also recently received an opportunity to combine three of her greatest loves — music, yoga, and writing — in an article for The Strad magazine. Read about why a proper warm-up is vital to any practice session in the online version of the magazine, and be sure to look out for her thoughts on practicing the Strauss Sonata for Violin and Piano in the hard copy of the December issue. You can read the full version of Elena’s essay, American spellings and all, on the Blog page of her website.
Season Opener… With A Twist!
September 28, 2013

Earlier this week, Elena had the honor of making her live BBC Radio 3 debut with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. This was Elena’s second time collaborating with the wonderful Welsh orchestra (the first being for a recording of Ernest Chausson’s “Poème” in June), but the added ingredient of a live broadcast this time around made the experience all the more thrilling. Click here (around 29:00) to listen to Elena speak about and perform the Barber Violin Concerto with the BBC NOW and Garry Walker, conductor. Reviews from The Guardian and Seen and Heard International have also been posted to the Press section of this site.

In addition to her 2013/14 season’s more traditional kick-off, Elena also has an exciting (if unexpected) project on the horizon: she will be trying her hand at acting! A few years ago, Elena met a talented young filmmaker, Ryan Carmichael, with whom she collaborated on a short documentary about the tediums and rewards of practicing (watch it here). Now, Ryan is making his feature film debut with an ambitious project: a classical music hip-hop existential love story titled But Not For Me. The film, featuring Elena in one of the lead roles, promises to showcase classical music in a way that will attract audiences of all ages and demographics — one of Elena’s primary musical goals.

Are you curious to see whether this violinist can memorize words as well as notes? Have you long bemoaned how “stuffy” the genre of classical music can be, and are interested in seeing it portrayed in an inventive way onscreen? Whatever your reason, please check out the film’s Kickstarter campaign and consider donating, or passing the video along to someone who might be interested. No donation is too small, and every person you share the campaign’s short video with counts. Help Elena and the incredible But Not For Me team get this labor of love off the ground!
New BBC Radio 3 Broadcast
August 6, 2013

This past Sunday, Elena was in the middle of a highly caloric brunch with her two childhood best friends when she realized that she had completely forgotten to tune in to her own radio broadcast. After a brief period of self-admonishment, she decided that pancakes took priority over sonatas, at least on that particular morning. If you, too, had culinary or similarly engrossing pleasures keeping you away from your computer this past weekend, no need to worry! The broadcast of Elena’s most recent set of recordings for BBC Radio 3 is available to stream here for the next six days. Repertoire includes the Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 13 of Gabriel Fauré, as well as Leoš Janáček’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, both recorded with pianist Michael Brown at the Maida Vale Studios in London this past March.
Summer Festival Successes
July 30, 2013

Elena performed at two chamber music festivals this month: first at the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio, Texas, and this past weekend at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival in the Hamptons, New York. After a year of mostly solo engagements, the opportunity to rehearse extensively and perform a collection of chamber works was a refreshing change of pace and a true pleasure.

Click here to read a review of the final weekend of concerts at the Cactus Pear Music Festival.

Watch YouTube videos of Bruce Adolphe’s “Bridgehampton Concerto” and Avner Dorman’s Concerto for Piano and Strings from the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.
Welcome to the New Site
June 1, 2013

After much eager anticipation, Elena is thrilled to unveil Version 2.0 of her website! Nicholas Finch (who is not only a fantastic website designer but also a wonderful cellist and The World’s Most Patient Person) is responsible for the site’s head-to-toe makeover, and for putting up with Elena’s endless nitpicking about fonts, photograph alignment, and what sort of caffeinated beverages they should be drinking while brainstorming. Nick comes highly recommended to any of you with website design needs!
Warm Welcome for Elena Urioste in Fresno
January 28, 2013

The Fresno Philharmonic and the entire Fresno arts community welcomed Elena with open arms during her recent performances. Local media interviews ensured enthusiastic and packed houses at the Saroyan Theater for both performances of an all-Beethoven program that included the Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, with Maestro Theodore Kuchar conducting. Standing ovations signaled just how warmly Fresno embraced Elena and its wonderful orchestra.
Elena Urioste Shines in Kennedy Center Debut
October 12, 2012

In her October 10th debut at the Kennedy Center, Elena dazzled the audience and critics in her electrifying collaboration with the Sphinx Virtuosi. In his glowing review of the entire program, Stephen Brookes of the Washington Post declared, “It was the ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’ by the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla that really stole the show. Or rather, it was violin soloist Elena Urioste who stole it. A drop-dead beauty who plays with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor, Urioste tossed off the work’s captivating tangos and sly quotes of Vivaldi almost flirtatiously, as the Sphinx players provided precise and electrical accompaniment. It was an exciting and virtually flawless performance that brought the audience to its feet.”
Elena Urioste Selected as a BBC New Generation Artist

September 27, 2012

BBC Radio 3 has chosen Elena as one of six soloists to join its prestigious international roster of New Generation Artists. Elena follows in the footsteps of such esteemed soloists and chamber ensembles as violinist Janine Jansen, pianist Jonathan Biss, trumpeter Alison Balsom, percussionist Colin Currie, and the Belcea Quartet. The New Generation Artist scheme offers unique opportunities for its rising stars to develop their careers, including concerts and festival appearances in London and around the UK, performances and recordings with the BBC Orchestras, special studio recordings for BBC Radio 3, and, last but not least, appearances at the Proms.

Watch the interview of Elena and her recital partner, American pianist Michael Brown (www.michaelbrownmusic.com), filmed recently at the BBC studios in London.
Opening Night Includes…the NFL?!

September 18, 2012

Elena and the NFL’s Larry Fitzgerald normally do not cross paths, let alone share a stage. On Thursday, September 20th, however, that is exactly what this unlikely pair will do when the Phoenix Symphony opens its 2012/13 season with guest conductor Sarah Hicks. The program will open with the Star-Spangled Banner, conducted by Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Fitzgerald, and be followed by Beethoven (Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61), Brahms, and Bernstein, all under the baton of Maestra Hicks.
Sphinx Honors Elena Urioste with a Medal of Excellence
March 23, 2012

On March 15, Sphinx honored three young musicians whose accomplishments distinguish them among musicians of color: Anthony McGill, Tai Murray and Elena Urioste. The three were the recipients of the inaugural Sphinx Medals of Excellence. The recipients were honored at a black-tie dinner in Washington D.C. Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer were among the attendees.

The Sphinx Medals of Excellence honor young Black and Latino leaders in classical music who demonstrate artistic excellence, outstanding work ethic, a spirit of determination, and leadership potential. The awards also carry an honorarium to further these burgeoning careers.

“The incredible success that Anthony, Tai, and Elena have already achieved is a clear indication that diversity and artistic excellence play important roles in classical music,” said Sphinx Founder and President, Aaron P. Dworkin.