by Marc Serhan

American pianist and fine art photographer of Ukrainian origin Elina Akselrud is the founder and artistic director of a multidisciplinary organization “Intertwining Arts“, as well as the lead artist of all its crossover projects.  Elina made her debut with an orchestra at the age of eight with Bortnyansky Concerto in D Major, while studying at Kyiv Special Music School with Irina Lipatova and Irina Barinova.  She is a prize winner of international piano competitions, such as Chopin on Thousand Islands (USA, 2010, 1st Prize), Chopin in Hartford (USA, 2012 1st Prize), Midwest (USA, 2014, 2nd Prize), Chopin in Canberra (Australia, 2014, 3rd Prize), and others. Elina has performed in numerous countries in Europe, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. She appeared with orchestras, such as the Ukrainian National Orchestra (Haydn D Major), Ithaca Orchestra (Schumann), the Kaufman Center Orchestra (Beethoven No.2), NEC Symphony (Chopin No.1), and Lucerne Symphony (Beethoven No.3), among others.


  • Bachelor of Music Degree/honors’12, Piano Performance (Mannes School of Music, New York City, USA; with Irina Morozova)
  • Master of Music Degree/honors’14, Piano Performance (New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, USA; with Alexander Korsantia)
  • Master of Music Major Solo Performance’18 (Hochschule Luzern – Musik, Lucerne, Switzerland; with Konstantin Lifschitz)
  • Post-Graduate Certificate, Piano Performance’18 (Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Florence, Italy; with Eliso Virsaladze)

Elina Akselrud’s current activity consists of performing as a solo and chamber musician. Since 2016 she has been concentrating on expanding the concept of a piano solo recital by collaborating with artists from other genres and simultaneously blending music with theater, photography/video projection, live painting projection, dance, lighting art, and 3D projection on stage. Each project is an artistic research embodying either a historical, philosophical, or a sociological message.  Elina and her Intertwining Arts Team created and premiered “Chopin: A Letter through the Parisian Years” (2016-2018), “The Scriabin Sonatas Reimagined, Part 1” (2018-2019), “Transience: Painting after Scriabin and Vine” (2019-2020), and “Messiaen. A Birdsoul” (2020-2021) with performances in France, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands, including cinematic version releases of these works.

Elina Akselrud also actively performs themed chamber projects (including premieres of commissioned works: by Andrii Didorenko (Trio No.2), Stanislav Fridman (“Spiral of Souls”), Antonio Fortunato (“Fantastic Piece”), and other modern composers.)  Examples of such projects are the chamber version of the Chopin Piano Concerti Nos.1 and 2 with a string quintet (2010), “Künstlerliebe”, with Judith Duerr, soprano (2018), “NostalG” with Eugene Lifschitz, cello (2019), “Salutations de Paris” with Quatuor Élysée (2020), and “Un Voyage Poétique” with Denis Zhdanov, piano and Judith Duerr, soprano (2021).