Elena Nesterenko

About Talent Under One Roof Music School



The piano art of Elena Nesterenko absorbed the best traditions of Russian and German performing schools. Captivating expressiveness, the depth of penetration into the very core of composer's emotional content, huge range of subtlest nuances, a brilliant musical energy, the beautifully deliniated phrasing, the richness of the color palette, combined with flawless technique and refined virtuosity: all these characterize Elena Nesterenko’s playing.

"... The audience experienced quite a memorable evening, especially thanks to the wonderful Elena Nesterenko at the piano. Her magical performance at the piano absolutely enthralled the audience. She appeared as the great interpreter of Wagner's music and received a well-deserved love of the public ... Overture to Tannhauser was met with an overwhelming enthusiasm... "(2014 Shverter newspaper)

"Compared to many pianists who tried my my Second Piano sonata, I find your interpretation the closest to my own perception of that piece!"
Rodion Shchedrin

"You have the heart of gold and the superb technique".
Munich Joachim Kaiser - The leading German critique.

„Deine Version (von Liszt Sonate h-moll) braucht den Vergleich mit den berühmtesten Einspielungen unserer nicht mehr lebenden Kollegen Arrau, Curzon, Gilels und Richter nicht zu scheuen.“ – lobt ihre erste CDAufnahme Prof. Gerhard Oppitz.

„Sie haben ein großes Herz und brilliante Hände. Machen Sie weiter so, Sie haben alles für eine große Karriere“ - so Joachim Kaiser nach dem anhören ihrer Debüt-CD.

"One can rarely hear such a colorful performance of “Death of Isolde” piano transcription. Your beautiful tremolos fascinated me the most. "
Radu Lupu

Elena was born in Moscow in a family of engineers and mathematicians. The first 10 years of her life were devoted to the intensive instruction in figure skating. Soon a Candidate master of sports, Elena was dreaming about the career of an Olympic Champion. Listening to Elena’s early childhood singing, however, parents were convinced that their daughter is also gifted musically. Soon, parents took Elena to take piano lessons at the local music school. A few years later, Elena could not imagine living her life without music.

In 1985, Helen entered the Ippolitov-Ivanov Music Academy in the studio of famous musician O.A.Pavlova. it was Pavlova, who instilled in Elena’s heart a deep love for classical music and laid the solid foundation for her later technical vituosity. Upon graduating with honors from the Ippolitov-Ivanov Music Academy in 1989, Elena entered the Moscow State Conservatory in the studio of Eugene Mogilevsky, and then transferred to the studio of Professor Elena Richter - both great musicians who studies with the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus. After her brilliant graduation from the Moscow State Conservatory in 1995, Elena received the top prize at the International Piano Competition in the Italian city of Mazzarò del Vallo and entered the post-graduate studies in Groningen (The Netherlands) with Professor A.B.Makarov-Goldfeder. In Groningen, Elena indulged herself into a tireless search for unconventional interpretation solutions, "beautiful overtones", and the rich sound palitra at the piano.

"... A rich palette of touch and nuances along with stunningly expressive cantilena enchanted the audience ... The ultimate climax of the evening was Tangeyzerovskaya Overture ... In conclusion, almost 3-hour sold-out concert was performed" Death of Isolde. "Here, once again let the pianist in the course of all the registers of her talent. "(2013, Gisenskie Classifieds).

Graduating the Groningen Academy in 1997, Elena Nesterenko received the Honorary Diploma with a stipend from the Andrea Elkebrandt Fund to continue her further graduate studies abroad. So was able to fulfill the dream of a young pianist - gain valuable knowledge from the representative of the famous German piano school, in the traditions of the outstanding William Kampf, to study in the studio of the brilliant pianist Prof. Gerhard Oppitz. Studying with Prof. Oppitz, Elena learned impeccable sense of style in the works of Viennese classics, fine pedaling, as well as the scope and understanding of the musical structure.

In 1998, Elena completed her post-graduate studies in Munich and received the Master of Arts diploma. Same year, Elena was offered a teaching position in this world-renowned music institution.

"... Elena Nesterenko able to play Liszt like a Genius, and filled to the pride of the F. Liszt himself"
(2011, Borbeck News)

Folgende CD-Aufnahmen wurden bis jetzt veröffentlicht:
1998 CD mit Skrjabin, Schostakowitsch und Liszt,
2001 CD-Live-Konzertmitschnitt vom BR aus dem Prinzregententheater München mit Schubert, Ravel, Chopin,
2004 CD-Live-Konzertmitschnitt aus dem Regensburger Audimax mit Schumann, Chopin,
2011 3 CD’s „Franz Liszt für alle“ mit Lutz Görner (Rezitation).
2012 3 CD´s „Chopin!“ mit Lutz Görner
2013 3 CD´s „Richard Wagner“ mit Lutz Görner

Elena Nesterenko’s debut CD, containing works by F.Liszt (Sonata in B minor), A. Scriabin (Sonata №2 or.19) and D.Shostakovich (Prelude and Fugue in D minor or.87) immediately attracted the attention of well-known musicians. Some quotes of the reviews by them: "Her (Elena’s) recording of Liszt’s B Minor sonata can only be compared with such greats as Arrau, Curzon, Richter and Gilels ..." (Gerhard Oppitz)

"Elena is a very serious musician" (Alfred Brendel after a joint listening Liszt Sonata with R. Zёlem, Artistic Director of the largest concert series in Regensburg, Mannheim, Essen and Berlin)

"Your interpretation is very deep and fulfilling" (Gregory Sokolov in a letter about this disc)

Regensburg Regensburg with the Philharmonic Orchestra (2005), touring concerts in 2005 with Peter Saddle, Klaus and Anna Shvertslerom Gurari festivals in Schwetzingen, at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, in the Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg, in the great Hall in Merano (Italy). In 2006, appearances with Stefan Schilling and Yves Savary in Myunhene and "Russian Culture Days" festival in Reimlingen, a concert tour in 2006 with a solo Piano Even Series in Saarbrucken, Frankfurt, Myunhene, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart.

A few months after her 2007 recording of the Bavarian Radio presentation "Forgotten motives" cycle Op.38 by N. Medtner, Elena gave a birth to her daughter – Eleonore. A happy mom, Elena stopped her intense concert activity for 3 years.

Since 2010, Elena Nesterenko returned to the concert stage, still refusing, however, to embark on a long concert tours and focusing their attention mainly on concerts in Germany. Same year, Elena came up with an idea to organize a summer music festival. She decided to do so, choosing the great location the vicinity of Regensburg on the river Regen, in picturesque places in Bavaria. Entitled "Classics at Regen" , the festival was accepted with great enthusiasm by critics and the audience of the entire region. In the first season of the festival Elena Nesterenko appeared with Niels Mёnkemayer, Siegfried Mauser and Minget quartet, and other great musicians.

From 2011 to 2014, Elena Nesterenko had several performances with the Oscar-winning actor, Maximilian Shelemiah, as well as performances with the Chamber Orchestras of Regensburg and Josef Suck Orchestra in Prague. Additionally, Elena has performed more than 120 concerts related to the "The Universe of F.Liszt", as well as concert tour throughout Germany wiin colalboration with the famous German lecturer and orator, Lutz Görner.

Elena Nesterenko appeared frequently of the Classic Channel 4 of Bavarian Radio and Television, the Moscow Radio 1 as well as on the Russian television, and on the Italian RAI and Dutch radio and television networks.

Elena gave masterclasses in Arcore / Italy (2002), Groningen (Netherlands) (2004), the European Centre in South Korea (2004), Moscow / Russia (2006), 2003-2011, and again from 2014 annually Valderbahe / Germany, at Tallinn’s Alion Baltic International Music Festival (2014).

A frequent guest at the music festivals and international Masterclasses, Elena Nesterenko is invited to the Central Music School of the Moscow State Conservatory (April 2015), Alion baltic International Music Festival in Tallinn (July of 2015) and Valderbahe (August 2015).

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