Spotlight Series: Elena Urioste

Ahhhh. Another Monday.  Have I told you how much I love Mondays? No? Because I REALLY love Mondays.  I see a future post coming…

Today, however,  we are shining our spotlight on yet another kickass female who is disrupting our little classical music world in an awesome and much-needed way.  Elena Urioste is a concert violinist, one half of the duo behind Intermission Sessions & Retreat, and the founding director of the Chamber Music by the Sea festival.   When she isn’t off performing concertos, recitals and chamber music concerts around the globe, she is running week-long yoga retreats for professional musicians in France and Vermont, and providing yoga workshops for students at music schools and festivals.

This November, 2019 She will embark on a U.K./European tour as soloist with the Chineke! Orchestra performing Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto in G minor, and also has solo debuts with the Malaysia Philharmonic and Minnesota orchestras. The Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective will embark on some exciting residencies at the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Wigmore Hall (beginning February 2020), and at her own festival, Chamber Music by the Sea, and she and her Intermissions partner, Melissa will offer their Sessions at the Cheltenham Music Festival, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Heifetz International Music Institute throughout the 2019 season.

Her latest Recording, Estrellita, a collection of miniatures for violin and piano with Tom Poster, was released this autumn on BIS Records. You can hear it here.

Today, Elena gives us the lowdown on how her life and her entire perspective on being a musician has changed since she discovered yoga, the  tremendous value of vulnerability in what we do, and her morbid fascination with murderous composers! Continue reading