Elina Chekan and Rene Izquierdo
A Native from Minsk, Belarus, Elina (Ella) Chekan holds Master of Music degrees in Orchestral Conducting, Pedagogy and Classical Guitar Performance from the Belarus Academy of Music and a Master of Music degree from Yale University.
Combining active performance and teaching careers, Elina performs as a soloist and chamber musician around the world. Some of her recent appearances include Iserlohn Guitar Festival, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; The Volterra Project, Italy; Guitar Festival in Lanciano, Italy; Series of Concerts in the Camino de Santiago, Spain; Festival in East Carolina University; Barrios Festival in Manaus, Brazil; Brussels Royal Museum of Musical Instrument, Belgium; Yale University; Guitar Festival in Mannes College, New York; Tucson Classical Guitar Society; Guitar Festival in Salamanca, Mexico among others.
Guitar faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2005, Elina believes in the individualized approach to every student with tailored instruction. Mrs. Chekan has extensive knowledge of guitar pedagogy and repertoire, and has experienced first-hand different guitar schools from around the world. Elina finds unique approach and repertoire for her students, providing each of them with solid foundation in technique and musicianship. She is also a frequent conductor of the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, Usdan Center for the Performance Arts Guitar Orchestra, and loves conducting challenges that come er way.
In her quest for present-day student repertoire, Ella commissioned Jorge Morel to write a series of student repertoire solo and ensemble pieces published by Mel Bay. In her believe that young players are our future, Ella is working with musicians and composers encouraging them to write appealing and musically interesting pieces for the next generation of guitarists. Morel also dedicated to Ms. Chekan his composition “Campanas” published in “The Magnificent Guitar of Jorge Morel”. Elina enjoys arranging a wide variety of music for solo and ensemble settings.
Currently Elina is finishing Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Northwestern University in Chicago.
Elina Chekan performs on Savarez strings.
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