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Eleanor Kornas is twenty one years old and comes from Derbyshire. She began learning the piano at the age of five and, from the age of nine, Eleanor attended Chetham’s School of Music, studying piano with Dina Parakhina. From 2012 to 2015, Eleanor read Music at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a First Class Honours Degree. Throughout her time at Cambridge, alongside studying Academic Music, Eleanor was selected to take part on University music schemes and performed with Trinity College Chapel Choir as their Organ Scholar.
Eleanor has had many performing opportunities as a soloist, an accompanist, in chamber ensembles and in choirs. These have included performing in halls such as the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall, London; Bridgewater Hall and the RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester; Troldsalen (the concert hall at Troldhaugen, Norway), where she was invited to perform as part of Grieg’s bicentenary celebrations; and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, where she was the soloist in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Cambridge University Music Society Symphony Orchestra. Whilst at Cambridge, Eleanor was selected to be a pianist on the Instrumental Award Scheme for Chamber Music, the Pembroke Lieder Scheme for Singers and Pianists and the Royal Academy of Music-University of Cambridge Collaboration Scheme which gave Eleanor the opportunity to have lessons with Rustem Hayroudinoff at the Royal Academy of Music for one year.
As the Organ Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge, Eleanor played the organ for chapel services three times per week and accompanied the choir for their recordings. Eleanor appears on discs of music by Ēriks Ešenvalds and Kenneth Leighton, released by Hyperion and both nominated for a Gramophone Award, and a disc of music by Herbert Howells which is due to be released. She also toured with the choir to Canada, Germany, Switzerland and the United States of America.
Eleanor has been awarded the Adami Award Junior Fellowship for Piano Accompaniment at the RCM for the academic year 2015-16 and will be working with the string and vocal faculties.