Elena obtained her Bachelor of Music, majoring in French Horn from the Queensland Conservatorium under the tutelage of Peter Luff in 2014. In 2013, she, along with other members of the Conservatorium Horn Ensemble (QHorns), won both the Large Ensemble and Quartet competitions at the 45th International Horn Symposium in Memphis, Tennessee.
She has been involved with both the Australian and Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestras, having toured both nationally and internationally with these groups. Elena was also the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s first ever conducting intern under the leadership and guidance of Maestro Johannes Fritzsch and Peter Luff. Elena has held the position of Musical Director of Brisbane Brass 3 since 2017, following her previous appointment as Music Director of Brisbane Brass 4 (2014-2017.)
Elena has a passion for music education, particularly brass pedagogy and feels exceptionally privileged and humbled to be the Musical Director of the Sunshine Coast Youth band ‘Bright as Brass.’ Elena is currently Head of Brass Teaching and Development at St Andrew’s Anglican College.