Elena Dorozhkina

photo: Mengyun Li/Dasha Wagner

Russian-born, American pianist Elena Dorozhkina has captivated her audiences with an expressive warm tone, virtuosity, and passion in her playing. Genuinely committed to share emotions conveyed in music, Dorozhkina has performed solo and collaborative recitals at concert halls of the United States, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, and Ukraine. Dorozhkina’s 2022 Spivey Hall solo and collaborative recital performance was broadcast on The Atlanta Music Scene, WABE FM 90.1 radio. 

Dorozhkina’s debut album, RUSSIAN PIANO GEMS: ROMANTIC TO AVANT-GARDE was released by PARMA Recordings in November 2023. Video recordings of a few pieces that are included in the album have won Best Modern Performance Awards for Mosolov’s Sonata No. 4, Op. 11, the Gold Star Professional Award for Glinka/Balakirev’s The Lark, Scriabin’s Etudes Op. 63 No. 3, Op. 42 No. 5, and Prelude for Left Hand, Op. 9 No. 1 from the Music and Stars Awards International Competition; these submissions also won the Silver Medal Outstanding Achievement from the Global Music Awards

Dorozhkina’s recent important performance engagements included Rice Music House at Steinway Piano Galleries in Columbia SC and University of Kentucky in Lexington KY, as well as numerous venues in Georgia such as Spivey Hall in Morrow, Perimeter College at Georgia State University in Clarkston, Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Cathedral of St Philip in Atlanta, and Valdosta State University in Valdosta. Dorozhkina’s upcoming solo and collaborative engagements include the Foothills Piano Festival at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville AL, Spivey Hall in Morrow GA, Georgia State University in Atlanta GA, and Georgia Music Teachers Association Conference in Rome GA. 

A dedicated and sensitive piano collaborator, Dorozhkina partnered with soprano Francisca Maxwell in 2019. Their performances have brought them to Spivey Hall, Valdosta State University, Georgia College and State University, The Steinway Galleries, Berry College, Agnes Scott College, and other locations in Georgia. 

Dorozhkina is on the board of Atlanta Music Teachers Association; she is an immediate past president of AMTA and a chair of Atlanta Piano Festival since 2013. She is an active adjudicator for numerous regional piano competitions and auditions in the Southeast. Dorozhkina is a recipient of Georgia Music Teachers Association and Steinway Piano Galleries 2019 Teacher Grant. 

Dorozhkina is a graduate of the renowned Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia with specializations in piano performance, collaborative piano art, and piano pedagogy, and the University of North Texas with specializations in piano performance and collaborative piano. She is a prize winner in a number of international and national piano competitions. Currently, Dorozhkina is on the faculty at Agnes Scott College.


Russian Piano Gems

Release Date: November 3, 2023
Catalog Number: NV6576
20th Century
Solo Instrumental
The Slavic conception of time in music is notoriously generous, exuberant even, often expressed by endless heartfelt melodies, which allude to a “broad yearning Russian soul.” RUSSIAN PIANO GEMS introduces listeners to the rich tapestry of Russian classical piano music with all the emotional grandeur it entails. Renowned Russian-born, American pianist Elena Dorozhkina brings to life a selection of works by Mosolov, Glinka, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff with unwavering passion and technical virtuosity. Torrential cascades of thunderous chords alternate with lightning-fast runs, breathless silences intermingle with sweet vulnerability, exaltation and loss are but a hair’s breadth apart. The playing time of these individual pieces might not seem very Russian, but their emotional depth certainly is.