Dr. Jelena C. attended the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, where participated in various courses in piano pedagogy, history and music theory. Her career includes a series of solo, chamber, collaborative international and national recitals, 25 years of experience as a pedagogue and piano teacher, accompanying and chamber music.
In 2001 she completed her BA in Piano Performance at The University of Toronto (the No. 1 music school in Canada), where she was a student of Dr. Boris Lysenko and Boyanna Toyich. Jelena was a very active performer, teacher and accompanist in recitals and performances in the GTA area. During her studies at The University of Toronto, Jelena was a prize winner in various music festivals, such as Kiwanis, Davenport, and Peel.
Following her University years, Jelena spent two summers at the world class Chautauqua Institution (NY). She participated in master classes and private lessons held by Rebecca Penneys, a renowned piano professor at Eastman School of Music, which is currently ranked among the finest music schools in the world.
Jelena also has European performing experience, spending two summers in Rome, Italy, performing in concerts with TIP "Monster" ensemble of 10 piano's 20 pianists. In 2006 Jelena also appeared as a soloist at Omni television in Toronto.
In the winter of 2003, Jelena continued her musical education at The University of Toledo in Ohio, where she received her MA in Piano Performance and was a student of Dr. Michael Boyd (DMA Eastman School of Music). During her years in Toledo, she held a full accompanying assistantship and won third prize at a small ensemble as well as piano concerto competition.
Jelena recently completed her DMA in Piano Performance, with a minor in organ performance at The University of Utah School of Music in Salt Lake City. Jelena’s performances in 2013 included master classes for concert pianist Nicholas Angelich, and cellist Steven Doane (Eastman School of Music), Tesla Quartet, and Benowitz Quartet. She also participated in a lobby fest recital with a violinist in Abravanel Hall (Utah Symphony Concert Hall) in SLC in February 2013. She was also a participant in the Monster Concert at the University of Utah in Libby Gardner Hall for many years.