was born in Crimea, Ukraine and
started to study piano at age 5 with her mother, Larisa Ulyanova.
Elena went to Moscow at age 15 to enter Gnessinski College of Music.
After finishing the college she enrolled in Gnessin Music Academy in
Moscow. She was immediately awarded the prestigious Momantov
Scholarship. This provided her money for four-years of tuition and
a concert in Vienna, Austria where she played the Mozart triple
concerto with orchestra under the baton of conductor Martin
Turnovski. She started at Moscow conservatory in 1996 and the
following year was a prizewinner in the 2nd Rachmaninov
International Piano Competition. At the conservatory she studied
with the famous Russian pianist, Victor Merzhanov, and received the
Master of Music degree in 1998. Elena continued post-graduate study
with Professor Merzhanov until 2003.
She has performed solo and in orchestra concerts in Russia, Ukraine,
China, Korea, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Poland,
Romania, and United Kingdom. Her performances with orchestras
include the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra with Alexander
Vedernikov, and the Crimea State Symphony Orchestra in Yalta. In
April 2004, she recorded an all-Liszt CD in Moscow and shortly after
immigrated to United States. In 2005, she performed in New York
City, Washington, London, and Florida. Also in 2005, she worked
with Howard Shelley, who has recorded all of Rachmaninov’s piano
works, to prepare for her latest recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano
Concerto No. 2 and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with
the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dmitry Yablonksy
and released by Bel Air Music on this CD. Elena is presently
studying with the great Russian pianist, Oxana Yablonskaya.
deny the panache of the Russian piano player Elena Ulyanova-Caldine….
she intensifies showpieces such as Liszt’s Mefisto Walz and the
Tarantella with all the restlessness of a wild breathing and
rumbling volcano, which rarely slows down. From this point of view,
she does full justice to the physical excitement that the music of
Liszt is capable of….
Elger Niels Piano Wereld Aug/Sept 2005