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Elena Sorokina to lecture on Russian piano culture

February 10, 2011

The piano department of the Yale School of Music presents a lecture by Elena Sorokina on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Sorokina, the head of the department of Russian music history at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, will speak on Russian Piano Culture during the Silver Age (1890-1910).

The event will take place Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 4 pm in Sudler Recital Hall (located in WL Harkness Hall, adjacent to Sprague Hall).

About Elena Sorokina

Elena Sorokina is a Russian pianist, teacher, historian, and musicologist. She studied music theory, composition, and piano at the Moscow Conservatory, and followed with postgraduate study at the Department of History of Russian and Soviet Music. She received a doctorate in art criticism from the Moscow Conservatory in 1990.

Her research includes the history of Russian piano music as well as the history of the literature for piano duet. She is an editor, composer, the author of articles in numerous scholar editions, and the organizer and art director of international festivals and conferences at the Moscow Conservatory. Her performing activity is closely tied to her research and educational work; she has participated in a number of telecasts on TV and radio, and throughout the years has taken part in producing historical concerts, a series called the Musical Drawing Room, and others.

Since 1965, Sorokina has taught at the Moscow Conservatory, and in 1992 she became the head of the Department of History of Russian and Soviet Music. She holds the History of Russian Music Chair, manages the Department of Music Theory and History, teaches chamber music performance, and holds the Quartet Chair. She was also vice-rector for Science and Creative Work (2001-2009) and Academician of the International Academy for Creative Work, among other positions.

Elena Sorokina successfully combines her scholarly and pedagogical activity with concert performing practice, appearing as a pianist and musicologist in Russia, neighboring countries, Europe, the United States, Canada, Israel, and Japan.