Elena Abend, piano

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, pianist Elena Abend is well known as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed with all the major orchestras of her country as well as recording with the Orquesta Philharmonica Nacional of Venezuela. A scholarship recipient from the Venezuelan Council for the Arts, Ms Abend received her Bachelor and Master degrees from the Juilliard School. Upon graduation she was awarded the William Schuman Prize for outstanding academic and performing achievement. Ms. Abend’s performances have taken her to Europe and important venues in the United States and South America. She has performed at the Purcell Room in London’s Royal Festival Hall, Avery Fisher Hall in New York’s Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Academy of Music with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Other engagements have included the renowned Wigmore Hall in London, the Toulouse Conservatoire and the Theatre Luxembourg in France, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C., the United Nations and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee and the Atlanta Historical Society. In her native Venezuela she has performed at important venues such as Teatro Municipal in Merida, Teatro Juares in Barquisimeto, Teatro Nacional, Teatro Municipal and the Teresa Carreno Cultural Center in Caracas. Live radio broadcasts include Philadelphia’s WFLN, The Dame Myra Hess Concert Series on Chicago’s WFMT and Wisconsin Public Radio at the Elvehjem Museum in Madison. An active chamber music collaborator, Ms Abend has performed with the Fine Arts Quartet, Frankly Music, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Present Music, Piano Chamber and New Generations Series, Music from almost Yesterday, the Yolanda Marculescu Vocal Art Series, Chamber Music Milwaukee and Faculty Artist Series, as well as numerous performances at the Ravinia and Marlboro Music Festivals. She has been a soloist with the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, the University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. Most recently Ms. Abend performed on the “Classical Progressions” Concert Series at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, The Polish Center of Milwaukee, with the Philomusica Quartet and the Rural Musicians Forum in Spring Green WI.
Ms. Abend has recorded for the Avie label and Albany Records. Other recording and editing projects include numerous books for Hal Leonard’s G. Schirmer Instrumental Library and the Schirmer Performance Editions. An avid performer of Latin American music, Ms. Abend is a founding member of the “Elisio” ensemble whose mission is to promote Latin American repertoire.
A devoted educator, Ms Abend has been on the piano faculty of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Indiana University’s String Academy summer program and the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Abend currently serves on the piano and chamber music faculty at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and the Lakeside Chamber Music Workshop.