Meet the Musician
Musician 1st Class Elena Yakovleva,
Musician 1st Class Elena Yakovleva joined the Navy Band in 2015 as the piccolo instrumentalist in the Concert Band. A native of Kaliningrad, Russia, she began playing both piano and flute as a child, later graduating from the Rachmaninoff Music College with honors. Her studies continued at the Hochschule für Musik, Detmold, and at the Folkwang Hochschule, both in Germany, where she studied with Hans-Jörg Wegner and Gunhild Ott. Yakovleva went on to study with Jeanne Baxtresser in Carnegie Mellon University’s Performance Residence Program. Further studies resulted in a Master of Music, a Graduate Performance diploma in Flute and a Graduate Performance diploma in Chamber Music while studying with Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Conservatory.
Yakovleva has received many awards throughout her career. As a scholarship recipient from the Russian Ministry of Culture, she was selected for the artist roster of Yehudi Menuhin's foundation "Live Music Now." She was also a winner of the "New Names" Festival in Moscow, received the "Villa Musica" Award, was a prize-winner in the New York Flute Club Competition in 2006, and was a prize-winner at the Baltimore Music Club Competition in 2011.
Yakovleva has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, Annapolis Symphony and Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestras, toured as soloist with the Rachmaninoff Wind Quintet and the Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra throughout Russia and Europe, performed in the Peabody “Side by Side” project with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, and participated in the Summer Opera Theatre of Washington, D.C., the Kent Blossom Festival and the National Orchestral Institute. She was also selected to represent Peabody in performances at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore and performed as a soloist with the Kaliningrad Chamber Orchestra on the opening of the IX International Music Festival “Service to Bach.” Yakovleva has performed with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Maryland Symphony Orchestras. She has taught at the Peabody Conservatory and the International School of Music in Bethesda, Maryland.