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About Elena

     Elena Shekhonina is a music educator with more than 40 years’ experience, practicing music performer with more than 40 years’ experience, and a juror of music competitions for more than 15 years. Elena works with the students of all age groups including students with disabilities.


  • College of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory,  BM
  • Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, MM and MMED with two majors in performance (violin and viola) and theory and composition.
  • Munich University of Music and Theater (Hochschule für Musik und Theater München), focusing on Bach heritage and piano performance, post-graduate study.
  • University of Maryland, MM in piano pedagogue and psychological aspects of music education.



  • Winner of international competitions in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1973
  • Winner of international competitions in Mons, Belgium, 1978


Work experience

  • Soloist at MosConcert (the orchestra of the government of Moscow, Russia) and a soloist at Brandenburger Theater Orchestra  (Brandenburger Symphoniker), Germany.
  • With orchestras performed on tours all over Europe.
  • Participated many chamber orchestras and ensembles in Russia, Europe and in the US
  • Music teacher at Dunayevsky School in Moscow and many public music schools in Russia.
  • Teacher in many music schools in Maryland, USA, including Hope Chinese School, Music & Arts Centers (more than 15 years).
  • Judge of Gaithersburg Music Competition (head of the string department) for more than 10 years. Juror at many local and international competitions.
  • As a recital manager and a creative director, conducted several dozens of recitals here in the US, multiple performances in theaters and on TV back in Russia.
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