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Tutor : Elena Gekker
 
Piano

Pianist and teacher Elena Gekker was born in Moscow. She is a graduate of the Gnessin Music College, Moscow and a postgraduate in piano studies of the University of California.

A chamber music specialist and accompanist, both in concert and in competition, she has continued this work since coming to Ireland in 1999, notably with violinist Felicity Lipman, with Michael Dooley in the Cullivan bassoon sonatas and with the distinguished viola player Seamus O'Grady at a series of NUIG recitals playing sonatas by Bach and Messaien and works by Britten and Piazzolla.

With Michael Dooley and flautist Joanne Cater, she is a founder member of the Oirbsen Chamber Trio, and with violinists Hugh Kelly and Eamonn Rabbitte, of the Adorno Trio. She is Repetiteur to the Galway Choral Union and to Cantoirí na Taibhdhearca and is a member of Filarmonia na Taibhdheirce.

She is editor of Piano-claisicí Gaelacha a set of five books of classic Irish airs selected and arranged for piano by Tom Cullivan and graded from preliminary to diploma level and beyond.

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