ELENA CHEKANOVA HELENA CZEKANOWA
Elena Chekanova - born in Russia, got her first piano lesson as a 6-year old child. In 2000 she finished Michail Oginsky’s Music College (Belarus) and got the Diploma with highest distinction. From 2002 to 2007 she was a scholarship-holder of Polish Ministry of Education, which resulted in a graduation of Music Academy in Poznan (Poland) with a Master of Arts degree at the Department of Symphony and Opera Conducting. During her studying years she led polish orchestras, such as Poznan Philharmonic and Toruń Symphony Orchestra. She also attended masterclasses with John Elliot Cobbs (USA), Jose Maria Rodilla Tortajada (Spain), Achim Holub (Great Britain) and participated the 4th Witold Lutoslawski International Competition for Young Conductors (Poland). In 2007 she was invited as a conductor by an_Arche NewMusicEnsemble and showed an outstanding commitment and creativity to the contemporary music field. During New Music Festivals Warsaw Autumn and Poznan’s Spring she premiered numerous of contemporary works written by young polish composers. At the same time she started conducting studies with Eiji Oue in Hannover (Germany). After organizing and conducting successful graduation performance in 2009 she got the sponsorship for the Masterschool by Michail Jurowski, one of the most prominent conductors of the old Russian school. In January 2010 she started to participate and assist in his projects with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (Norrköping-Sweden), Stuttgart Philharmoniker (Stuttgart-Germany), Toscanini Symphony Orchestra (Parma-Italy) and Niederösterreiche Tonkünstlerorchester (Vienna-Austria). At the beginning of 2011 she has founded and became a music director of the Madame von Meck Symphony Orchestra (MMSO) in Hannover. With this orchestra she gives several concerts each season. Highlights of the season 2012/2013 include her debut with MMSO in the NDR Landesfunkhaus Niedersachsen and the first orchestral concert in Schloss Herrenhausen Hannover under the Eiji Oue’s musical patronage, with program including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Debussy’s Prélude ŕ l'aprčs- midi d'un faune and Stravinsky’s L’oiseau de feu (Suite 1919).