Elena Urioste

con-Elena-urioste-150ALife changing moments can happen at any age. According to Elena Urioste’s parents, her passion for the violin began when she saw virtuoso Itzhak Perlman performing with the muppets on Sesame Street. She was only two!

Elena, who is of Mexican and Basque heritage, began violin lessons when she was five. At thirteen she took center stage in her home town making her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

In ten short years Urioste’s career has sky-rocketed. In 2004 Elena was named first-place laureate at the Sphinx Competition. After winning the prestigious event she debuted at Carnegie Hall. Urioste describes Sphinx as “an organization whose mission is to increase diversity in classical music and bring it to all demographics of people.” Part of her responsibility as winner of the competition was to take on the role of a “classical music ambassador” by providing outreach programs to schools. She said, “I feel exceptionally lucky to be a part of it. They have opened so many doors for me.”

Three years later Elena performed in the Sion International Violin Competition and won. Sion identifies and supports young, talented violinists during the next important phase of their careers. Soon after winning the Sion Competition in 2008 Symphony Magazine featured the talented beauty on their cover calling her “an emerging artist to watch.” The following year she performed at Lincoln Center with award-winning Latina conductor, Alondra de la Parra.

Elena Urioste is hailed by critics and audiences for her rich tone, the lyricism of her playing, and her commanding stage presence. She has appeared with almost every major orchestra in the US, and she has been the featured artist at many European festivals.

Elena Urioste is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. She finished her graduate studies at Juilliard.

Elena says, “I think it is extremely important to reach out to younger audiences, so the art of classical music can be perpetuated for years to come.” There is no doubt that one day Elena Urioste’s passion for the violin and classical music will cause a life changing moment in the life of a young musician, just as Itzhak Perlman did for her.


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