THE MYSTERY OF THE MUSES
ELLENA HALE, PIANO
The fascination with muses is a known subject to many poets,
arr. F. Carulli (1770 - 1841)
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the Baroque period through 21st century contemporary music.
She recently graduated from the Conservatory of Amsterdam under tutelage of Sasja Hunnego, Pierre Mak and Jan-Paul Grijpink. She previously studied with Monica Groop at the Sibelius Academy in Finland and with Neil Mackie at the University of Agder in Norway.
Elizaveta’s career is divided in operatic, lied and chamber music direction. Her operatic performances include working at the Bergen National Opera and Dutch National Opera, where she has sung in several productions, opera festivals and in operatic ensembles. Her recent success was in Germany at the festival Fränkische Musiktage, where she made a memorable performance of Edvard Grieg’s Haugtussa together with the Norwegian violinist Ragnhild Hemsing. As a lied singer Elizaveta has given many recitals in various halls in The Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Italy and Indonesia together with pianists such as Kiril Kozlovsky, Mariam Kharatyan, Stephen Higgins, Dimitri Malignan and Frans van Ruth.
She is currently engaged in research on female composers and is about to publish a CD recording together with her ensemble “Bosmans & Beyond”.
Born in the UK, ELLENA HALE studied piano at the Yehudi Menuhin School with teachers Irina Zaritskaya and Marcel Baudet. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in solo piano, and a Masters in piano accompaniment with Hamish Milne and Michael Dussek. While completing her studies, she won various prizes for both solo piano and accompaniment, including the Royal Academy of Music Accompaniment prize. From 2012 to 2014, Ellena was the John Wilson Junior Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, specializing in instrumental accompaniment.
As a versatile pianist, Ellena has been busy performing as a soloist, chamber Musician, and accompanist. Previous engagements in the UK include performances at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kings Place, Cheltenham Music Festival, Aldeburgh Music Festival, and concerto appearances at the Cadogan Hall with the English School Orchestra, and Fairfields Hall with the London Mozart Players. In 2016, engagements have included a recital with violinist Miriam Davis at St. Martin in the Fields, London, a recital for voice and solo piano at Kode Art Museum in Bergen in collaboration with the ‘Kunst i Kamp’ exhibition, a recital in Grenoble, France, and a series of concerts at Festival Contrastes in
Ellena is also busy in the contemporary music scene, collaborating with composers and performing their new works for solo and chamber piano. She is currently a member of the contemporary music group Ensemble Matisse, which has been a Park Lane Group (PLG) young artist since 2013.
ArtistsElizaveta Agrafenina, soprano
Ellena Hale, piano
DateThu 29.07. at 10.30 pm