Elena Nezhdanova
Elena Nezhdanova-Cunningham is a Russian born American pianist and pedagogue residing in North Carolina.


Born to a musical family in Kazan, Russia, Elena Nezhdanova made a debut with an orchestra at the age of eight. After immigrating to the United States in 2000, she was a scholarship student at the pre-college programs at the Eastman Community Music School and Nazareth College under tutelage of Dr. Gary Fisher. She 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. As a soloist and a collaborator, she has given performances in Gainesville (Florida), Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Winston-Salem, Raleigh (North Carolina), as well as in Ithaca, Syracuse, and Rochester (New York), and was a visiting artist with chamber groups in Los Angeles (California) and at the Common Wealth University in Richmond (Virginia).

Elena’s recent professional engagements include a North Carolina tour with a Morin Khuur player Mr. Aorigele, from the Inner Mongolia University for Nationalities in Tongliao as well as collaborated for the Richard Luby International Violin Symposium in Chapel Hill, NC. In November 2015 Elena will perform Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto in B-flat minor with the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra in Chengdu, China.

She has participated in master classes with distinguished artists such as Natalia Antonova, Xiaofeng Zhang, Roberta Rust, Robert Roux, Robert Kevin Orr, Jacques Ogg, Claude Frank, Nelita True, Ann Schein, Gilbert Kalish, and James Giles. Elena Nezhdanova attended University of Florida International Piano Festival in June 2015 and Aspen Music Festival and School in 2006 as a student of Gabriel Chodos.

Elena earned a B.M. in piano performance at Syracuse University where she was a recipient of many awards, including the Setnor School of Music Award for an undergraduate study. Her teachers were Steven Heyman and Dr. Wei-Yi Yang. While at Syracuse she performed Francis Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor with the university orchestra. She completed her M.M. in piano performance at Ithaca College in 2010 under tutelage of Dr. Jennifer Hayghe. Elena is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music in Piano Performance with a cognate in Collaborative Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a student of Dr. Joseph DiPiazza, Dr. John Salmon and Dr. James Douglass.



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Solo Repertoire

Albéniz, Isaac

  • Iberia, Book I
    • Evocation
    • El Puerto
  • Iberia, Book II
    • Rondeña

Auerbach, Lera

  • 24 Preludes for Piano

Babajanian, Arno

  • Prelude
  • Vagarshapat Dance

Bach, C.P.E.

  • Rondo in F Major

Bach, Johann Sebastian

  • Prelude and Fugue in c minor (BWV 847)
  • Prelude and Fugue in C# Major (BWV 848)
  • Prelude and Fugue in d minor (BWV 851)
  • Prelude and Fugue in F Major (BWV 856)
  • Prelude and Fugue in f minor (BWV 881)
  • Prelude and Fugue in g minor (BWV 885)
  • Prelude and Fugue in a minor (BWV 889)
  • Partita No. 2 in c minor (BWV 826)
  • Partita No. 6 in e minor (BWV 830)
  • Fantasia and Fugue in c minor (BWV 906)
  • Toccata in G major (BWV 916)

Bartok, Bela

  • Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm No. 1

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  • Sonata in c minor, No. 1 Op. 10
  • Sonata in E Major, No. 1 Op. 14
  • Sonata in G Major, No. 2 Op. 14
  • Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 22
  • Sonata in D Major, Op. 28
  • Sonata in G Major, No. 1 Op. 31
  • Sonata in F# Major, Op. 78
  • Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 81a
  • Sonata in E Major, Op. 109

Brahms, Johannes

  • Sonata in f minor, No. 3 Op. 5
  • Rhapsodie in g minor, No. 2 Op. 79
  • Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118

Chopin, Fryderyk

  • Prelude No. 4 in e minor, Op. 28
  • Prelude No. 5 in D Major, Op. 28
  • Prelude No. 6 in b minor, Op. 28
  • Prelude No. 7 in A Major, Op. 28
  • Prelude No. 9 in E Major, Op. 28
  • Prelude No. 15 in D-flat Major, Op. 28
  • Prelude No. 17 in A-flat Major, Op. 28
  • Prelude No. 18 in f minor, Op. 28
  • Prelude No. 20 in c minor, Op. 28
  • Prelude No. 21 in B-flat Major, Op. 28
  • Prelude No. 22 in g minor, Op. 28
  • Prelude No. 23 in F Major, Op. 28
  • Etude No. 1 in C Major, Op. 10
  • Etude No. 3 in E Major, Op. 10
  • Etude No. 4 in c# minor, Op. 10
  • Etude No. 8 in F Major, Op. 10
  • Etude No. 12 in c minor, Op. 10
  • Etude No. 2 in f minor, Op. 25
  • Etude No. 9 G-flat Major, Op. 25
  • Etude No. 11 in a minor, Op. 25
  • Etude No. 12 in c minor, Op. 25
  • Nocturne in E-flat Major, No. 2 Op. 9
  • Ballade in A-flat Major, No. 3
  • Fantasie in f minor, Op. 49
  • Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat Major, Op. 61
  • Scherzo in B minor, No.1 Op.20

Copland, Aaron

  • Four Piano Blues

Debussy, Claude

  • Preludes, Book I
    • Voiles
    • La cathédrale engloutie
  • Preludes, Book II
    • Ondine
    • Feux d’artifice
  • Images, Book II

Granados, Enrique

  • Goyescas
    • Los requiebros
    • Quejas O La Maja Y El Ruisenor

Katz, Jonathan Howard

  • Trichord Preludes (Book I)

Liebermann, Lowel

  • Four Apparitions

Liszt, Franz

  • Les Jeux D’eaux A La Villa D’Este
  • Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 514

Mendelssohn, Felix

  • Rondo and Cappricioso, Op. 14

Messiaen, Olivier

  • Préludes pour piano
    • La Colombe
    • Chant d’Extase dans un Paysage Triste
  • Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus
    • Noël
    • Regard des Anges
  • Petites esquisses d’oiseaux
    • Le Merle-noir
    • La Grive-musicienne
    • Le Rouge-gorge

Mozart, Wolfgang A.

  • Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 333
  • Sonata in C Major, K. 330

Prokofiev, Sergei

  • Sonata No. 2, Op. 14
  • Cinderella Suite, Op. 97
    • Four Fairies
  • Romeo and Juliet Suite, Op. 75
    • Scene: The Street Awakens
    • Young Juliet
    • Montagues and Capulets
  • Four Piece, Op. 4
    • Suggestion Diabolique
  • Sarcasms, Op. 17

Rachmaninov, Sergei

  • Prelude in B-flat Major, No. 2 Op. 23
  • Prelude in D Major, No. 4 Op. 23
  • Prelude in E-flat Major, No. 6 Op. 23
  • Prelude in C Major, No. 1 Op. 32
  • Prelude in b-flat minor, No. 2 Op. 32
  • Prelude in G Major, No. 5 Op. 32
  • Prelude in b minor, No. 10 Op. 32

Ravel, Maurice

  • Miroirs
    • Oiseaux tristes
    • Alborada del gracioso
  • Jeux D’eau
  • Sonatine

Schumann, Robert

  • Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
    • Des Abends
    • Aufschwung
    • Warum?
    • In der Nacht
  • Carnaval, Op. 9

Scriabin, Alexander

  • Sonata Nr. 4
  • Sonata Nr. 5

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