Constantia Elia

con eliaConstantia Elia started piano lessons at the age of seven with Christiana Loizidou at the Hellenic Music School of Nicosia. In 1988, at the age of eleven, she won the commendation at the Pan-Hellenic “Filon” New Talents piano competition. In 1995 she obtained the Piano Certificate (“Ptychion”) with distinction from the Hellenic Music School of Athens.

She continued her music studies at the Royal Holloway College of the University of London, graduating with the Bachelor of Music (1998) and thereafter she did postgraduate studies in musicology and piano performance at the University of Nottingham from where she obtained an MA in Music (2000). Her degree studies were supported by a grant from the Ministry of Finance of Cyprus and her graduate studies by a bursary from the University of Nottingham. During her studies, she gave solo recitals and as piano accompanist and participated in the piano contest of Derby Arts Festival where she won a distinction. Her piano professors were Cristine Mackie, Ruth Harte and Brenda May. She has attended master classes by distinguished pianists Martino Tirimo, Evis Maxouti, Kendal Taylor, Neil Immelman and Sergei Dukatchev.

Between 2000-2006 she worked as piano and music theory teacher in private music schools, mainly at the Hellenic College of Music in Nicosia. From 2002 to 2004 she taught the 2nd year course “Music interpretation: theory and practice” at ARTE Music Academy. In 2007 she was employed by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation as administrative officer, where she works until today. Among other duties, she also coordinates educational programmes of the Orchestra.

As piano performer she was active between 2000-2003, during which she gave three recitals (solo piano, piano duet and chamber music) and participated in various concerts as piano accompanist. From 2006-2012 she studied classical singing with soprano Svetlana Krasnova at the Hellenic College of Music and obtained the Grade 8 of the ABRSM in 2009. She has given two song recitals. In August 2010, within the “Music Village” at Pelion, Greece, she attended the weekly master class cycle “Vivaldi and Handel: workshop for baroque singing” with the distinguished mezzo-soprano Romina Basso. Since 2007 she is a member of the Chamber Choir “Polyfonia”. In January 2011 she represented Cyprus in the Festival Chorus of Europe, composed by choristers from EU country members on the occasion of Hungary‘s Presidency of the Council of the EU, to perform the New Year’s concerts at the Palace of Arts in Budapest with Haydn’s Die Schoepfung under Adam Fischer.

She has attended conferences and seminars such as: EPTA International onference (1998), Oxford Piano Festival (2001, 2002), ِABRSM Professional Development Course (2002), 4th Conference of the Cyprus Musicological Society (2006), London International Piano Symposium (2013) a.o.