A native of Chicago, Elena Denny is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Cello Performance at the University of Minnesota, studying with Tanya Remenikova. In March of 2017, Elena was a second place prize winner in the Strings III division of the Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Illinois Wesleyan University where she studied with Nina Gordon and performed the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto with the Illinois Wesleyan University Civic Orchestra as a winner of the Henry Charles Memorial Concerto/Aria Competition. Elena attended the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival in Lucca, Italy, in the summer of 2017. Elena has participated twice in the International Chamber Music Academy in Kyustendil, Bulgaria, where she studied with cellist, Anatoli Krastev. Other private teachers include Silvio Righini in Milan, Italy, Teddy Rankin-Parker in Chicago, IL, and Nancy Blum in Chicago, IL. Elena joined Kramer’s School of Music in 2017.