American pianist Ellen Sirower is a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and educator based in Ann Arbor, MI and New York, NY. She has recently won top prizes in the Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Camerata Artists International Virtuoso II Competition, the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, and the International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition. Ellen has performed in music festivals across North America and Europe, including the Summit Music Festival, the International Academy of Music in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy, Manhattan in the Mountains, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. A champion of new music, she has attended the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory, and has collaborated with members of the Fifth House Ensemble, the Boston-based Callithumpian Consort, the Talea Ensemble, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Ellen is the pianist for Virago, an Ann Arbor-based contemporary music and improvisation sextet committed to commissioning new works by young, living composers, and challenging the expectations of chamber music performance by incorporating a wide range of musical influences, improvisation, and inter-arts collaborations. Ellen is an active accompanist for all instruments and voice types, and played keyboard in the pit for the 2019 University of Michigan student production of Legally Blonde.
Ellen has played in master classes for distinguished artists and teachers such as Eduardo Monteiro, Ilya Itin, Phillip Kawin, and Corey Hamm. She is an alumnus of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division, where she was a student of Miyoko Lotto for ten years. Ellen currently studies with Amy Cheng at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where she is majoring in piano performance and philosophy. As a long term goal, she is interested in further exploring the intersection of philosophy and piano pedagogy, specifically how pedagogical frameworks are influenced by elements of aesthetics, ethics, and metaphysics. In her spare time, Ellen loves reading ancient and early modern philosophy, organizing free improvisation jam sessions, teaching a small studio of piano students, and watching re-runs of Seinfeld.
Concerto Grosso — Michael Foumai
for flute, clarinet, bassoon, oboe, horn, piano (4 hands), 3 violins, viola, 2 cellos, bass, conductor