Area of Study
B.M., M.M. Manhattan School of Music
Elena Belli, a versatile concert artist and influential teacher, has appeared nationally and internationally as both soloist and chamber musician. Collaborating with prestigious instrumentalists and vocalists from leading ensembles, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic, she has been hailed “a captivating performer…elegant and poetic” by the Correiro del Povo in Brazil. New York engagements have included residencies at the Empire Center for the Performing Arts in Albany, guest appearances with regional orchestras, and performances at Merkin Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall and Lincoln Center. Always a champion for new music, she has played a broad array of world premieres, some composed expressly for her. She takes an active role in promoting young talent, is often invited to conduct Master Classes for aspiring young pianists, and for over a decade chaired the AMTL Young Musicians Concerts at Carnegie Recital Hall. Her students consistently excel at competitions, and music remains a part of their lives forever.
At present, she thoroughly enjoys her ongoing position as pianist and assistant conductor for the West Village Chorale, with whom she has toured throughout Canada, Croatia, and Greece.
Ms. Belli is considered by her colleagues to be an extraordinarily effective educator, teaching developing young pianists passion, joy, solid musicianship and consummate technique. Past faculty positions have included The New School and Concordia College. Currently, she is on the piano faculty of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, and the Hoff-Barthelson Music School.