Both I and my daughter have taken piano lessons with Elena for many years and she is an extraordinary piano teacher, certainly the best I've encountered. She understands piano technique deeply (and can teach it to beginning and advanced students) but never pursues it for its own sake. Rather, she is always concerned with the integrity of the music and students' ability to be musical and creative in their interpretations. She is passionately dedicated to her students' success as well as sensitive to their needs, capable of being encouraging and supportive as well as strict when it is required. She also has a wide knowledge of the piano repertoire, both as regards well known works and more obscure pieces that are a joy to discover and hear. Most of all, she teaches students to play musically, with a deep understanding of music's poetry and passion.