Yelena Beriyeva

Yelena Beriyeva

Piano

Yelena Beriyeva was born and raised in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, and since her first concerto appearance with an orchestra at the age of 5, she has performed regularly as a recitalist, a chamber musician and a soloist with orchestras in Rep. of Georgia, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela, Canada, and the United States along with winning a number of local and international piano competitions.

Yelena completed two additional years of undergraduate study at the University of Arizona. She then entered New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she received her Master’s Degree and Graduate Diploma. Yelena was a fellow of the New England Conservatory Community Performance and Partnership Program and the recipient of the Nanna Rose Endowed Scholarship.

Yelena's teaching philosophy is best expressed in her own words.  “Having studied piano at the Tbilisi State Conservatory in Republic of Georgia and New England Conservatory, I have experienced both "old-school" and "new-school" approaches to piano playing, both of which have profoundly impacted the way I play and teach. In my homeland, I studied under comparatively strict teachers who encouraged me to master the Russian school of playing. At New England Conservatory though, I felt encouraged to develop my own, personal style of performing. Throughout my teaching career, I began developing a pedagogy that mixes elements of both schools, and I found that my students were quite receptive to it. In studio lessons, I emphasize the importance acquiring a foundation - learning an established tradition of piano performance practice while simultaneously encouraging students to break away from that tradition to some degree, to become artist-performers/innovators grounded in tradition. I try to develop a personal relationship with all of my students as I believe that this is the key to OUR success. My students' success is my success as well! ”