Master Pianist Elena Ulyanova
Pianist Elena Ulyanova , "a phenomenal, gifted performer" (Roy Gillinson, Beethoven Society of America), her style running the gamut of power, strength, and technique to a delicate, floating elegant finesse. Hailed by the Moscow Conservatory as one of their most gifted musicians, Professor Merzhanov went on the say that she possessed "Great virtuosity, brilliant artistic temperament, unique interpretive expression and a rich sound pallet."
Elena Ulyanova has performed numerous orchestra, chamber, and solo concerts throughout Russia, Ukraine, Austria, Korea, the Netherlands, China, Poland, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, and Romania. Her performances with orchestras include the Vienna Musikverein Orchestra conducted by Martin Turnovsky, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra with Alexander Vedernikov, the Crimea State Symphony Orchestra in Yalta, State Russian Orchestra "Boyan" with Anatoly Poletayev, and theOmsk Philharmonic with Evgenyi Shestakov.
In 2001, Elena masterfully performed the Rachmaninoff second concerto with the Rachmaninoff White Lilacs Festival orchestra on only four hours notice! In the United States, she has performed in Washington D.C., Florida, and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.
International Piano, March/April 2010, Page 63, Rachmaninov CD
"Elena Caldine's performance in her recording with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Yablonsky is articulate and energetic, if musically conservative. At times she holds temps back, as in Var. 5 or midway through Var. 15, for emphasis and clarity."
Micaele Sparacino – – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Landon Symphonette, February 2009
"Ms. Ulyanova's performance of the Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini was nothing short of dazzling. She is a Lioness at the Keyboard, playing with more strength and technique than most men. In fact, her playing, marked by power and poetry, recalled to mind the legendary Gina Bachauer. It was breathtaking to watch her fingers flying over the keys, and the sound she drew from the piano was amazing." "…a truly exciting performance distinguished by verve and panache. She is an artist not to be missed!"
Terry McNeill – Classical Sonoma – Concerts Grand Series Recital, November, 2008
"Any uncertainty about Ulyanova's command of Rachmaninoff's bravura was swept away with an orchestral performance of the great Sonata [no. 2], in the Horowitz edition. The finale brought out all of the pianist's heavy artillery – massive broken octaves, endurance, wide skips and brilliant passage work. The individual parts of the sonata often seem greater than the whole, but Ulyanova brought opulent passion that conquered all."
Fred Kirshnit- New York Sun – Bargemusic Recital, May, 2008
"…Ms. Ulyanova's delicate performance of Claude Debussy's "Ondine." She wove a diaphanous web for her aquatic sprite, suggestion rather than declamation fingered lovingly. As the little concert hall rocked back and forth, Ms. Ulyanova crept into the complex harmonic world of "Brouillards (Mists)" and kept her listeners afloat and a bit enchantingly lost in the fog. This was very lovely music making."
Piano Wereld Magazine – Amsterdam, August, 2005
"You cannot deny the panache of the Russian piano player Elena Ulyanova. She intensifies showpieces such as the Mefisto Waltz and the Tarantella from a Liszt produced in Russia, with all the restlessness of a wild breathing and rumbling volcano, which rarely slows down."
International Rachmaninoff Society – September, 2006
"Elena Ulyanova gives an impressive performance of the [Rachmaninoff] Second Concerto, with much lyrical warmth, and an especially fine slow movement. The [Paganini Rhapsody's] strong contrasts seem tailor made for her, and she rises to the challenge quite brilliantly in the outer sections, playing with remarkable flair and vitality."
Professor Victor Merzhanov, Moscow Conservatory – March, 2000
"Elena Ulyanova is one of the most gifted musicians of the Moscow Conservatory. She has great virtuosity, brilliant and artistic temperament, unique interpretive expression, and a rich sound palette."
Roy Gillinson, Beethoven Society of America – November, 2006
"A phenomenal gifted performer!! Her performance for the Beethoven Society was a rare treat!"
Seymour Bernstein – April, 2007
"Fantastic! I finally heard Elena's CD of Rachmaninoff's Concerto in C minor and the Rhapsody. What can one say to such playing? It's magnificent, both musically and technically. I send her my highest praise and admiration for such fantastic playing."