Elena Solanes, a native of Valencia, Spain, acclaimed by critics for her “beauty of sound” and “extreme virtuosity and absolutely convincing performing tenacity”, is a performer committed with the dissemination of new music. Her passion for chamber music has led her to collaborations with several groups both in Spain and the United States. Since 2008, she has carried out a focused task on performing numerous world premieres as part of the B3:Brouwer Trio in important venues and festivals in Europe, Latin America and the United States. With published recordings with Rycy Productions Inc.and Naxos, the group has promoted the creation of new musical creations through teaching assistance in different international academies and supported research in new technologies applied to music such as electronics, video, lighting systems or live painting.
Since 2003, she has carried out an outstanding pedagogical work at the “José Iturbi” Conservatory of València. Since 2019, with the financial support of the City Council of Valencia and the Conselleria d’Educació, Cultura i Esport through the Educational Research and Innovation Programs she has developed “PeKeCámara” –a chamber music initiative for children in their beginning years of learning music– and coordinating and editing a collection of books for young musicians covering all instruments that aim to expand pedagogical resources in classrooms through newly composed music. The first of these books, “El nuevo universo de Chelo”, for cello, was recently published by Editorial Piles and presented at the 43rd edition of the prestigious Ensems Festival. She was Professor of Cello at the “Joaquín Rodrigo” Conservatory of Valencia for a period of five years (1998-2002).
Maestra Solanes holds degrees from Guildhall School of Music in London and Drama and the Peabody Institute in Baltimore of Johns Hopkins University, where she obtained a Master’s Degree as student and assistant to Stephen Kates thanks to the Piatigorsky Scholarpship. She has also been mentored by Leon Fleisher, Manuel Barrueco, Berl Senofsky and Mischa Maisky, among others. Stand out the figure of his first cello teacher Alejandro Abad.