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Classical: Piano solo Avant Garde: Classical Avant-Garde Avant Garde: Modern Composition Jazz: Progressive Jazz Classical: Contemporary

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Hailed by critics for his “virtuoso playing”, “intelligent approach” and “richly expressive” sound, British violinist Andrew Smith made his London debut at 23. His solo performances have been broadcast on Radio and Television in England, America, Portugal, Italy and China and he has appeared in concert around the world.

A champion of contemporary classical music he also works closely with commercial music composers recording for film, television, theatre and video gaming.

Andrew is an avid chamber musician, having studied with the Amadeus Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet, Erich Gruenberg, Emanuel Hurwitz, Haroutune Bedelian and Ida Kavafian. His diverse career spans performance, administration, research and education. He is Director of two specialist music schools in Connecticut, where he lives with his son and wife, cellist Andrea Mills, to whom he dedicates these recordings.

Pianist Elina Christova is a classical/contemporary pianist with a special interest in Alexander Scriabin, whose complete published piano music she has been busy performing for the past few years. As a Fulbright scholar she graduated from the Master’s and Doctoral Program at Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Dr. Solomon Mikowsky. Elina has taught at Sacred Heart University, Suzuki Music School of Westport, and was recently invited as guest lecturer at Warsaw University. She was born in Sofia but grew up in Austria, receiving an international music education with studies in Vienna, the Mozarteum, Sofia, Utrecht, Paris and New York. Exploring new music, she has recorded two albums with piano works by living American composers Scott Hiltzik and Marcia Preston. The Élan Duo began their extensive performances of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas at the concert series Baroque to Modern on Main in Connecticut, of which Elina was Artistic Director.