Mid-Day Music @ Columbia featuring Elena ARIZA & MISHA GALANT, cello/piano duo

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Faculty House; Garden Room 2; 64 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027     map


Wednesday, October 18, 2017
1-2pm | Garden Room 2 | Faculty House | 64 Morningside Dr.

 Come join us in the Garden Room at Faculty House, where Students and Music Associates from Columbia University's Music Performance Program will be showcased in an afternoon recital series.




Eighteen-year-old Elena Ariza is a cellist from Cupertino, California and currently attends Columbia University as part of its exchange program with the Juilliard School. In 2015, Elena performed as a soloist at Davies Symphony Hall with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, and in the same year, was featured on NPR’s From the Top. She is an alumna of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College as well as the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, for which she served as Principal Cellist for two years. 

Elena has won numerous solo and concerto competitions such as the Music Teachers National Association’s California State Competition, Pacific Musical Society Annual Competition, Mondavi Young Artists Competition, and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and Symphony Parnassus concerto competitions, among others. She has played in masterclasses led by David Finckel, Ronald Leonard, Colin Carr, Robert deMaine, and Bonnie Hampton, and she has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, and the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival and School.

As a chamber musician, she has participated in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Chamber Music Program since 2008 and most recently played in the Cambiata String Quartet, which competed in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in 2016. She also played in the AYE Piano Trio as part of the Young Chamber Musicians program, led by Susan Bates.

In 2011, Elena helped raise more than $12,000 through three charity concerts that she and her friends organized in the San Francisco Bay Area, in order to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Since then, she has performed in several concerts to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Japanese Red Cross, Global Giving, and the Transparent Fish Fund. In her free time, she enjoys computer programming and paper crafting.

All events are sponsored by Columbia University's Music Performance Program and are free and open to the public.

 Mid-Day Music @ Columbia offers live music to a general audience, following the tradition established by Aaron Warner and Isidor Isaac Rabi, great lovers of music whose memories live on at Faculty House. 

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