Dr Yelena Grinberg

Dr Yelena G.

New York, NY
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Dr Yelena delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 1999

Since 1999, I have enjoyed teaching Classical piano, chamber music, keyboard skills, music theory, music history, and writing on music. I offer lessons in English and in Russian, and welcome students of all ages and levels. I integrate the discussion of pianistic issues, such as cultivation of beautiful tone and phrasing with other disciplines, including history, theory, psychology. I seek to inspire my students to cherish Music as a vital part of their lives, which our increasingly robotized world needs more than ever!


Hailed for having “established herself as a very fine interpreter…” (NYCR), Yelena is highly regarded for her intellectual depth, keen musical insight, and passionate performances as both a solo lecture-performer and a chamber musician with a strong preference for unusual and innovative thematic programming.

As a winner of the Artists International Competition (2005), she performed her sold-out New York Debut recital of the Baroque Reflections program at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and was highly acclaimed for her “grand performance in a grand tradition” (NYCR).
She has been a regular guest lecture-recitalist at The Harvard Club, where she has showcased a wide array of thematic programs, such as The Bach Project, The Art of Chaconne, Humor in Music, and Music and Dance. She has given an extensive series of thematic solo and chamber music performances in tribute to birthday anniversaries of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Alkan, C.P.E. Bach, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Busoni, Czerny, and Dvorak with recent guest performances at The Metropolitan Museum’s Balcony Bar with flutist Suzanne Buerkle and New York’s Bohemian National Hall with violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron.

She is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University, where she instructs music history and piano, and serves as a chamber music coach. She is also on the piano faculty at the Crestwood Music Education Center in Eastchester, New York, and maintains an active private piano studio on the Upper West Side.

She is also a passionate leader and entrepreneur as the founder and the artistic director of a classical salon series – an intimate and enlightening series of Classical home salons on the Upper West Side, having presented renowned pianists such as Jerome Lowenthal, Oxana Yablonskaya, and Madeline Bruser, clarinetist Julian Milkis, Juilliard’s Professor of Music, Michael Musgrave, and NYU’s Professor of Music, Michael Beckerman.
Previously, at Juilliard, she has been a faculty member in the Piano Minor Department and taught the undergraduate course on Piano Topics. She has also coached piano-duo and chamber-music groups in Columbia University’s Music Department and was the organizer of the Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard concert series at Columbia’s Miller Theater.

Born in Moscow, Yelena began her professional piano studies at The Gnessin School of Music for Gifted Children at the age of five. As a student in the joint degree program, she graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University summa cum laude, and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, with a major in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. She holds both her M.Mus and DMA degrees in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied jointly with Jerome Lowenthal and Oxana Yablonskaya, as well as privately with Richard Goode.

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Executive Director & Founder
Sep 2013 - Present
Classical Salon Series

The Founder and Artistic Director of Classical Salon Series - an intimate and enlightening series of Classical salons on the Upper West Side, followed by food-and-wine reception with guest Artists.

Adjunct Professor of Music
Sep 2012 - Present
Fordham University

Teach Introduction to Music History, coach chamber music and piano

Piano Faculty
Sep 2009 - Present
Crestwood Music Education Center

Sep 1999 - Present
Private Piano Instruction

Private Piano Instructor (1999-Present)

Adjunct Professor
Sep 2006 - May 2009
Columbia University

Coached duo piano and chamber music for CU's undergraduate students

Adjunct Professor
Sep 2006 - May 2008
The Juilliard School

Taught Piano Topics to undergraduate students
Assembled a panel of distinguished guest lecturers
Presented piano topics workshops

Concert Organizer
Sep 2003 - May 2008
Miller Theater at Columbia University


Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) - Piano Performance
Sep 2004 - May 2008
The Juilliard School
Masters of Music - Piano Performance
Sep 2002 - May 2004
The Juilliard School
Bachelors of Arts - English Literature
Sep 1999 - May 2003
Barnard College at Columbia University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


College Music Society
May 2008
College Music Society

Summa Cum Laude
May 2003
Barnard College

Phi Beta Kappa
May 2002
Barnard College


Artists International Presentations, Inc. - Alumni Winner Award
May 2007
Artists International Presentations, Inc
Bach Society Competition - 1st Prize
Feb 2003
Columbia University
Phi Beta Kappa
May 2002
Barnard College at Columbia University


Phi Beta Kappa
May 2002

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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Photos & Videos

Solo salon performance

After the concert

Inspired by Bach

Risa's Piano Lesson

Private Piano studio - Steinway A3 Mahogany grand

Holiday Student recital at The Steinway Hall

Riverside Park

The colors of Fall

Photo by Dr Yelena G.
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