Founder and Artistic Director of New York Piano Society, pianist Elena Leonova, emigrated from the Soviet Union, where she graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory as a “grandstudent” of the great Heinrich Neuhaus, teacher of Richter, Gilels and her pedagogue, Eugeny Malinin.

“ Miss Leonova demonstrates dashing virtuosity, big ripe tone and sweeping dramatic power that allows the climatic moments to register with commanding authority and a maximum amount of visceral impact. 

– The New York Times

“ Elena Leonova displayed impressive technique. She drew a warm sonorous tone from her instrument and revealed a good deal of facility and power as well. 

– Los Angeles Times

Critically acclaimed by major press and the first prize winner in several American piano competitions, Ms. Leonova has appeared throughout the U.S. and abroad in recitals and orchestras. She has performed under the direction of Lucas Foss, Luis Herrera del la Fuente, Mehli Mehta and Eduardo Rahn among others. She has performed at major venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall Recital Hall, Kaufman Hall of the 92nd Street Y in New York, and in the major halls of Los Angeles, Rome, and Mexico City. Ms. Leonova has served on the juries of numerous international piano competitions, and has performed and given master classes at numerous international music festivals including Festival Philharmonica de las Americas in Mexico, the Saluzzo Festival in Italy, music festivals in Germany, as well as in a piano faculty of International Music Academy in Cremona, Italy, Orford Music Festival in Quebec, Canada and many others. She has various teaching positions at the New England Conservatory, SUNY Purchase, Rowan University, and a collaborated faculty at New York University.

Due to a severe pedestrian accident resulting in nerve damage in the hand, Elena Leonova’s concert career was interrupted and shifted to a concentration on teaching. Elena Leonova is currently on the piano faculty of the Mannes College of Music and her past teaching credits include the New England Conservatory, SUNY Purchase, Rowan University and collaboration with the New York University.

Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed…because people are changed by art – enriched, ennobled, encouraged that may affect the course of events.

-Leonard Bernstein (Los Angeles Times, 1972)