A college professor, music coach, keyboardist, soloist, and collaborative artist, Elaine has an avid interest in contemporary repertoire music for toy, solo and duo piano, She is active in premiering new works for these mediums. Her diversified background includes: coach and repetiteur for the Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy; collaborative performing pianist for the Glenn Gould School and the Young Artist Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music; and she is the founding member of junctQín, a keyboard collective of three devoted to performing new music.
“This picture was taken during my performance of Moritz Eggert’s One Man Band 2 at the Canadian Opera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in Toronto, Canada. The trusty 25-key toy spinet in this photo has starred in multiple performances of the piece, and was originally one of several instruments generously co-sponsored by Schoenhut for an improvisation/concert outreach workshop held at the spOtlight Festival in 2009. I am delighted to have it as a part of my collection of Schoenhut toy pianos, which originally started with a 30-key baby grand purchased several years ago. The sounds of these wonderful instruments continue to intrigue and captivate listeners wherever they are heard.”