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Chopin Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (Mov. 3 and 4)
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Yelena Drozdova was born in Russia into a family of musicians. Her musical ability manifested itself very early when she was three years old and played small pieces to the guests who visited her house. Having lived with her grandparents until the age of six, Yelena’s grandmother, a fantastic singer and soloist of the Philharmonic Society, used to sing her beautiful lullabies, with the accompaniment of her grandfather.
At the age of six, after moving to her parents’ house in Nizhny Novgorod, she began studying music, first under the guidance of her grandmother, and then her father, both pianists.
During childhood, she won many international competitions and received a nomination for the “New Names Program” which aims to find and support young Russian talents. At the age of seven, Yelena gave her first solo recital. Two years later she made her debut with an orchestra playing a Bach Concerto, which was followed by a tour throughout Germany and Holland (1993). At the age of twelve, Yelena played one of the most challenging works for piano, “Islamey: an Oriental Fantasy” by Mily Balakirev, in a recital. After graduating from the music school, she won the 3rd Prize and also a special prize at the Arthur Rubinstein In Memoriam International Piano Competition (Poland, 2000). After that competition and a tour through Poland, Yelena was heard by the famous pianist Nikolai Petrov who considered her as “a unique talent”. Soon after that Yelena entered the Moscow Gnessin Academy of Music in the class of Professor Vladimir Tropp. During her studies there, she played many concerts including a cycle with the 24 Chopin Études and Liszt’s Transcendental Études.
In 2005, Yelena received the Second Prize at the International Piano Competition in memory of Ferenc Liszt (Pécs, Hungary) and a special prize offered by Bösendorfer. The jury noted the “enchanting virtuosity of the pianist and a great temperament combined with delicate musicality”. After that, she went on a tour through Austria (2006) and entered the Post-Graduate School. During her studies, Yelena won the 2nd Prize at the Maria Yudina Piano Competition (Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2009).
Yelena Drozdova has given concerts throughout the world in countries such as Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Spain, China, USA, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Finland. With an orchestra, she played with conductors such as Alexander Skulsky, Vladimir Ziva, Ivo Meinen, Howard Williams, Sergey Vanteev and others.
In addition to music, Yelena collects dolls and jewellery from the 19th century, and also enjoys macro photography.
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