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Elenora Pertz


The Italian-American pianist Elenora Pertz was born in Cleveland, Ohio (USA). At 6 years old she received her first piano lessons, studied intensely classical ballet and gained stage experience performing in musicals. In addition to many achievements as a solo pianist, Elenora started working with singers at an early age: she accompanied her church choir since the age of 9, and played her high school's musical productions. It was at this time that she became fascinated with the setting of texts to music, and realized her passion for working with singers— both on and off the stage.

Her 2021/22 season highlights include returning to the Musée d'Orsay and Brigitte Fassbaendar's Eppaner Liedsommer for performances, as well as her debut at the Oxford Lieder Festival. She will release her first two professional CDs: unpublished chamber music and Lieder by Engelbert Humperdinck with the baritone Nikolay Borchev on Hännsler Classic, as well as Zemlinsky Lieder and Saint-Saëns Mélodie with the tenor Kaëlig Boché on B Records. She was also selected together with mezzo soprano Florence Losseau to be participants in the prestigious Académie Lied and Mélodie Orsay-Royaumont, which will take place over the 2021/22 season.

An active recitalist, she has performed throughout America and Europe at venues such as the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Snape Maltings (Aldeburgh), and the Corfu Philharmonic with reputable artists such as KS Angelika Kirchschlager, KS Birgid Steinberger and KS Juan Diego Flòrez. In September 2020 she was prize winner together with baritone Alexander York (Studio Paris Opera) at Les Saisons de la Voix Lied Duo competition in Gordes, France. In 2019 she competed with bass baritone Jeeyoung Lim in Thomas Quasthoff’s Das Lied competition in Heidelberg, where they were finalists and Jeeyoung won the prize for “Most Promising Talent.”

In 2015 she graduated as Valedictorian of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee, USA) with a double major in Piano Performance and European Studies. She then went on to study Vocal Accompanying at the Music and Art Private University of Vienna (Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien) under Dr. Carolyn Hague. Recently she finished her second Masters degree in Lied Accompanying at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin in the class of Prof. Wolfram Rieger. All three of her degrees she earned with the highest markings. Other crucial mentors and teachers include Prof. Susan Manoff, Deen Larsen, Prof. Helmut Deutsch and Thomas Lausmann.

She was a participant of the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, the Schubertiade Masterclass in Schwarzenberg, and the Hugo Wolf Akademie in Stuttgart. She is a Britten Pears, Leeds Lieder and Lied Basel Young Artist and a Stipendiatin of Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now.

As a Répétiteur she is a regular guest at the Komische Oper and Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she most recently served as Studienleiterin for Janáček's Jenůfa. In 2020 she was an official accompanist for the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin, where she accompanied 18 singers.

She has a love for languages and outside of her mother tongue speaks fluently German, Italian and French.

Interested in Arts Administration, Elenora Pertz was the intern for the head of musical studies and casting director at the Vienna State Opera and an administrative assistant at Washington National Opera in the Kennedy Center.

One of Elenora's passions is for raising awareness of the lack of female Art Song pianists regularly performing at the most prominent institutions and serving as professors in conservatories. Her personal response to this is to create and direct the Lied the Way workshop for female Art Song pianists, which will take place in September 2021. The goal of the workshop is to support women on three different levels-- wellness, craft and career-- as well as to build a much needed network of like-minded female Art Song pianists. She is thrilled to have two of her closest mentors-- Susan Manoff and Waltraud Österreicher-- collaborate with her to bring this "Herzensprojekt" to life.

Last updated: Jul 2021