Born to a musical family in Kazan, Russia, Elena Nezhdanova made a debut with an orchestra at the age of eight. Newly appointed Director of the Youth Program of The North Carolina Bach Festival, Elena was a recipient of several prizes and awards, including a first prize in the Empire State Solo Piano Competition and the Ranlet Award (first prize in piano division) for Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concerto competition.
In October 2015 Elena performed with a great success Tchaikovky’s 1st piano concerto in B-flat minor with Sichuan Symphony Orchestra in Chengdu, China.
Her recent professional engagements include numerous performances with her duo partner, cellist Dr. Roman Placzek, North Carolina Bach Festival 2017 two featured artists performances along side with distinguished pianist, Bach & jazz expert, Dr. John Salmon, a North Carolina Tour with a guest Morin Khuur (Horsehead fiddle) player from Inner Mongolia, and the Richard Luby International Violin Symposium in Chapel Hill, among many others. Elena performed in masterclasses with distinguished artists such as John Perry, Natalia Antonova, Nelita True, Ann Schein, Jacques Ogg, Gilbert Kalish, Claude Frank, Joel Krosnick (Juilliard String Quartet). She attended University of Florida International Piano Festival and Aspen Music Festival and School.
Among her many pedagogic activities, Miss Nezhdanova served as a vice-president of MTNA collegiate chapter at UNCG, presented at the Greensboro Music Teachers Association, and at the NCMTA conference at Meredith College. As a dedicated pedagogue, Elena was commissioned to write a review of Irina Gorin's piano method "Tales of a Musical Journey" for the Clavier Companion Magazine. This will be published in 2017. A significant portion of Elena's professional activities is dedicated to new music. Her Doctoral dissertation thesis is a performance guide to Lera Auerbach's 24 Preludes for solo piano, Op. 41. A sought after teacher and a competition juror, Miss Nezhdanova holds degrees from Syracuse University, Ithaca College. She recived her Doctor of Music Arts degree in Piano Performance and Collaborative Arts at University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2017.
Elena's principal teachers include Dr. Joseph DiPiazza, Dr. John Salmon, Dr. Jennifer Hayghe, Steven Heyman, Dr. Wei-Yi Yang, and Dr. Gary Fisher.