Elena Yakovleva

Elena Yakovleva began playing both piano and flute as a child in Kaliningrad, Russia and later graduated from the Rachmaninoff Music College with Honors. Elena continued her studies at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold and at the Folkwanghochschule Essen, Germany, under Prof. Hans-Jörg Wegner and Prof. Gunhild Ott, and later, under Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza as a Performance Residence Program student at the Carnegie Mellon University on full scholarship. 

Elena received her Graduate Performance Diploma in Chamber Music and Master of Music with Marina Piccinini at Peabody on full scholarship.

A scholarship recipient from the Russian Ministry of Culture, she was selected for the artist roster of Yehudi Menuhin's foundation "Live Music Now", has been a winner of the "New Names" Festival in Moscow, the "Villa Musica" Award, in 2006 was a prizewinner in the New York Flute Club Competition and in 2011 prizewinner in the Baltimore Music Club Competition. 

She has played with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, toured as soloist, with the Rachmaninoff Wind Quintet and the Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra throughout Russia and Europe.

She has performed in the Peabody “Side by Side” project with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marin Alsop and Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, participated in the Summer Opera Theatre of Washington, D.C., Kent Blossom Festival and National Orchestral Institute. 

Elena Yakovleva was selected to represent Peabody in performances at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, and also was a featured performer at Peabody’s 2008 graduation ceremony when she received her Master of Music degree.

Summer 2009 she performed as a soloist with Kaliningrad Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Andreev on the opening of International Music Festival “Service to Bach”.

Elena Yakovleva holds Piccolo and Third Flute Chair with the Delaware Symphony and Maryland Symphony Orchestras.


Flute, Piccolo, Chamber music, teaching flute