Elena Doubovitskaya
Biography
A native of Russia, Elena Doubovitskaya has established herself as a solo and collaborative musician after moving to the United States from Russia in 1998.  In 2002, she performed her debut recital in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as part of the Artists International series, followed by a number of solo and chamber music recitals in the New York metropolitan area. From 2002 to 2005 Ms. Doubovitskaya performed and coached at the East-West Summer Music Festival in Altenburg, Germany.

Dr. Doubovitskaya's accomplishments include prizes and awards from Artists International Presentations, the Seattle International Piano Competition and the Ibla Grand Prize Competition (Italy), among others.  Dr. Doubovitskaya was awarded a number of fellowships, apprenticeships and scholarships from the following institutions:  the Tanglewood Music Festival (Adele and John Gray Memorial Fellowship, Felicia Montealegre Bernstein Fellowship), the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music (Dorothy L. Pound Award and Eckstein Grant), the Manhattan School of Music, the Hot Springs Music Festival and the Sewannee Music Festival.

In 2009, as an outstanding collaborative pianist she was invited to perform at the Tanglewood Music Festival and was featured in their Festival of Contemporary Music. The highlights of the festival included performance of compositions by Bent Sørensen, Oliver Knuseen, George Perle, Andre Previn, Pierre Jalbert along with music from fellow composers.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Doubovitskaya has appeared in a number of festivals nationwide, including the Adamant Music Festival (with Masterclasses by Menahem Pressler), the Hot Springs Music Festival and the Sewannee Music Festival.  Her exceptional skills have lead to collaborations with the Associated Music Teachers League, leading to a performance at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall for the 67th Young Musicians Concert, where she was featured as a collaborative artist.  Ms. Doubovitskaya's international engagements include solo and collaborative performances in Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and Russia. In addition to her solo career, Dr. Doubovitskaya is a member of several Chicago-based chamber groups:  Lakeshore Rush (a contemporary six-member ensemble), the EStrella Piano Duo, and Pianissimo! (a four-piano ensemble).

Dr. Doubovitskaya received her undergraduate degree from the Ural State "Mussorgsky" Conservatory in Ekaterinburg, Russia, followed by a Master's Degree and Performance Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music under Solomon Mikowsky.  In 2011 she completed the requirements for the Doctor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, under the guidance of Ursula Oppens and Sylvia Wang. She has participated in Masterclasses with Menahem Pressler, Emanuel Ax, James Levine, Garrick Ohlsson, Claude Frank, Kevin Kenner, Ian Hobson, Logan Skelton, Volker Banfield and Martin Katz; additional studies include coachings with Leif Ove Andnes, Oxana Yablonskaya, Dawn Upshaw, Gerald Robbins, Norman Fisher and Laurie Carney.

Dr. Doubovitskaya's academic affiliations include staff positions as a vocal/instrumental coach at the California State University-Sacramento, Wagner College (New York City), and at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, where she coached the Russian vocal repertoire and served as accompanist for the vocal studio of the renowned soprano Nancy Gustafson.

Dr. Doubovitskaya currently serves as a Piano Department Chair at the Merit School of Music in Chicago and its prestigious Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition Free Conservatory.

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