Venezuelan pianist Elena Abend has performed and toured throughout her native country. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Abend has performed at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Merkin Concert Hall, the Corcoran Gallery, Chicago Cultural Center, the Pabst Theater, Atlanta Historical Society and the Academy of Music with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Performances in Europe include London’s Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Toulouse Conservatoire, Theatre Luxembourg, University of Glasgow and “Musicales de Montsoreau” in France.
An active chamber musician, she has collaborated at the Marlboro and Ravinia Music Festivals, Frankly Music, Present Music, Milwaukee Musaik, Chamber Music Milwaukee, Rembrandt Chamber Players in Chicago, “Classical Progressions” at the Wilson Center, “Four Seasons” in Berkley, California, Music Institute of Chicago, Washington Island Music Festival and with the Philomusica, Mendelsohn, and Fine Arts Quartets.
Recordings include soloist with the Filarmonica Nacional in Venezuela, INNOVA recording, Albany Records and Avie label. Her latest recording “Fierce Lyricism” in collaboration with flutist Caen Thomason-Redus is now available on Spotify, Amazon and other digital music platforms. Pedagogically Ms. Abend has worked on numerous recording and editing projects for the Hal Leonard Corporation. She is chair of piano studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches piano performance, collaborative piano and chamber music, as well as faculty at the Collaborative Piano Institute at Louisiana State University.