Since beginning her flute studies at the age of 6, Elena Anne Olshin, now 13, has developed into an accomplished flutist, with her playing characterized by a mature sound and keen sense of musicality well beyond her years. She began her flute studies at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC, enrolling in the Suzuki Flute program with Rebecca Collaros. Elena currently studies with Marcia Kamper of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
While studying at the Levine School of Music, Elena was privileged to have private lessons with Gary Schocker, Jonathan Snowden, and Toshio Takahashi, the founder of the Suzuki Flute method, as well as to have participated in many master-classes, including one with Lady Jeanne Galway. This past summer Elena attended the Soiva Music Camp in Bemidji, Minnesota, studying flute with Terhi Savo-Heiske, and composition and improvisation with Markus Simon Fagerudd.
Elena recently won the Flute Society of Washington’s 2010 Student Honors Competition Junior High Division, the 2009 Asian American Music Society International Competition Junior Division, and the 2009 Flute Society of Kentucky Junior Soloist Competition. While attending the Levine School of Music, Elena won the 2009 Levine School Marlin-Engel Instrumental Competition – Intermediate Division, and the 2008 Flute Society of Washington Student Honors Competition – Elementary Division.
As part of her prize for winning the 2009 Asian American Music Society Competition, Elena appeared in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage in Washington, DC. Other recent performances include the Young Soloists Concerts sponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Library at the Alden Theatre in McLean, Virginia; the Gaithersburg Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, Maryland; and the Waterford Concert Series in Leesburg, Virginia for the Levine School of Music “Next Generation” Concerts.
In addition to her flute, Elena loves ballet and studies at the American Dance Institute in Rockville, Maryland. A highlight for this year–and one that she is certain to remember forever–was her audition for and acceptance by the Mariinsky Ballet for its production of “The Sleeping Beauty” at the John F. Center for the Performing Arts. Elena spent two weeks in rehearsals and performances with the Mariinsky Ballet as a supernumerary, dancing on the stage of the Kennedy Center Opera House as a court musician in the Rose Adagio scene.
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