Elena Kraineva, violist, is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University, where she has studied with Atar Arad and Stanley Ritchie. She actively performs with various chamber music groups, including the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, and Studio in Bloom.
Ms. Kraineva studied with Michael Terian at the Moscow Conservatory and holds her Bachelor of Music degree from the Glinka Conservatory. She is a winner of several competitions including the Moscow Viola Competition, and performed solo recitals in the Grand Hall of the Gnesin Institute and the Glinka Museum. She was concertmistress with the Moscow Ensemble of Violists.
In 1994 Elena came to the United States to study with Michael Kimber at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. She was a winner of a Merit Award and Fellowship at the University of Missouri, and performed for two years with the Kansas City String Quartet. She was a principal violist with the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra and Topeka Symphony and taught viola at Kansas University and at the Midwestern Music Academy. In 2001 Elena became a member of the Lawrence Camerata, a group with which she toured in Germany, Austria and Hungary.