Elena Urioste, recently selected by Symphony magazine as an emerging artist to watch, made her debut as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age thirteen as winner of the Albert M. Greenfield Competition. Since then, she has appeared as soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States including the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Hartford Symphonies, as well as Hungary's Orchestra Dohnányi Budafok, garnering critical acclaim for her commanding stage presence, rich tone, and the nuanced lyricism of her playing.
Miss Urioste made her Carnegie Hall debut as a featured soloist in the December 2004 Sphinx Gala Concert, and has returned as a soloist in the 2006 and 2007 Galas. She has performed in recital at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall as the youngest musician ever selected for the Young Performers Career Advancement Showcase. Miss Urioste has collaborated with acclaimed artists David Kim, Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster; pianists Christopher O'Riley and Ignat Solzhenitsyn; and conductors Robert Spano, Keith Lockhart, and Shlomo Mintz, among others. She has been a featured artist in the International Young Artists Music Festival, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota and Aspen Music Festivals, and the Festival International de Musique in Sion, Switzerland.
Miss Urioste is the 2007 first prize winner of the Sion International Violin Competition, where she was also awarded the audience prize and the prize for the best performance of the competition's newly commissioned work. She has won both the senior (2007) and junior (2003) divisions of the national Sphinx Competition, as well as the Kennett Symphony Concerto Competition and the Temple University Music Prep Concerto Competition. Miss Urioste's media appearances include performances on national broadcasts of the popular public radio programs From the Top and Performance Today, and the Spanish-language television network, Telemundo. She has been a featured guest on the radio program Anything is Possible, and is also featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Breaking the Sound Barrier; on the covers of the January/February 2008 issue of Symphony magazine and the January, 2006 issue of Careers and Colleges magazine; and in the Winter 2007 issue of Philadelphia Music Makers magazine.
Miss Urioste recently graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Ida Kavafian, and Pamela Frank. She will begin graduate studies next fall at The Juilliard School of Music as a student of Joel Smirnoff. Other notable teachers include David Cerone and the late Rafael Druian. She is the past recipient of a Starling Foundation Scholarship at Temple University Music Preparatory Center for Gifted Young Musicians in Philadelphia, where she was a student of Choong-Jin Chang and Soovin Kim.
The outstanding violin being used by Miss Urioste is a Michelangelo Bergonzi, Cremona, circa 1750, on extended loan through the generous efforts of Society for Strings, Inc., Meadowmount School of Music, from the private collection of Dr. Charles E. King.