Elena Belli is a versatile concert artist and influential teacher. She is considered by her colleagues to be an extraordinarily effective educator, teaching developing young pianists’ passion, joy, solid musicianship and consummate technique. Her students consistently excel at competitions, and music remains a part of their lives forever. As a performer she has appeared nationally and internationally as both a soloist and chamber musician. In New York she appears regularly with prestigious instrumentalists and vocalists from leading ensembles including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She has also toured throughout Europe with members of the Berlin Philharmonic. New York concert venues have ranged from residencies at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery and the Empire Center for the Performing Arts in Albany, to performances at Merkin Hall, CAMI Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as multiple broadcasts on WQXR and WNYC FM Radio.
Ms. Belli holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Dr. Solomon Mikowsky, performed in master classes with Gina Bacchauer, Rosalyn Tureck, and Gilbert Kalish, and was a concerto competition winner. Her career is notable for its consistent tenure with ensembles including The Music in the Mountains Festival Chamber Players, the Lumese Piano Trio, Poné Ensemble for New Music, the Da Saló Chamber Artists, the New York-based ensemble Musical Chairs, and her ongoing position as the pianist and assistant conductor for the West Village Chorale. Her expertise extends to contemporary music, including a broad array of world premieres, some of which were written expressly for her. She has also performed as a soloist with the Columbia Festival Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra, and the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra.
An experienced adjudicator of regional competitions and events, Ms. Belli is currently Chairperson and Coordinator of the AMTL Young Musicians Concert at Carnegie Recital Hall. Additional piano faculty positions include Concordia College and the Hoff-Barthelson Music School. Former faculty positions include associate piano faculty for the Manhattan School of Music College division from 1979-1990.
Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 1980.