Elena Tolstykh

Dr. Elena Tolstykh Born in Sverdlovsk, Russia, Elena Tolstykh acquired her first teaching license in Ufa (Russia) at the Music Lyceum for gifted children and continued her studies in Moscow at the Gnesin Music Academy with an honors degree in education and musicology. Parallel to her scientific and educational activities at the Gnesin Academy of Music and teaching piano in Gottingen,Germany, Elena went abroad as an artist with the project "Bell Tango."

Elena Tolstykh, Klavierfestival «Clavis»

In 2005 Elena founded and currently directs the music education institution SPIELSTATT in Vienna, a private music school for children and adults, hobbyists and professional.

Students of her own piano classes include several winners of Austrian and international competitions (Austria, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, USA etc.) in both classical and innovative directions. Particularly well received is a new genre of children's theatrical piano duo invented by Elena Tolstykh, which has brought not only victories at prestigious national and international competitions, but has also been recognized in the best concert halls (Carnegie Hall in New York) and festivals (Classic op’t Amstelvelden in Amsterdam).

Elena has also received several awards for special achievements as musical educator at national and international competitions in Europe and the USA. She is also member of jury at international musical competitions for children and youth and special representative of FEURICH piano manufacturer, acting as worldwide award distributor, which foster creativity and originality of performance and performer.

In 2012 Elena Tolstykh opened the Summer Music Academy in Vienna, which is a platform for high-level professional master classes, courses for teachers and work shops for music lovers, combining music lessons with cultural program of Viennese life. Since 2016 Elena Tolstykh is the main organizer and artistic director of the International FEURICH Piano and Chamber Music Competition. Under her leadership international jury, organized master-classes and concerts for the winners on the stages of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Deutschland, London (UK) and St. Petersburg (Russia). Elena is married and has two twins.