We look forward to the WACIDOM concert on Saturday 4th February by Cara Janes (cello) and Elly Kornas (piano). They will be playing:
Eleanor Kornas is 22 and comes from Derbyshire. She began learning the piano aged 5 and, from the age of 9, Eleanor attended Chetham’s School of Music, studying piano with Dina Parakhina. From 2012 to 2015, Eleanor read Music at Cambridge, graduating with a First Class Honours Degree. Throughout her time at Cambridge, alongside studying Academic Music, Eleanor performed with Trinity College Chapel Choir as their Organ Scholar and was selected to participate as a pianist in various University music schemes. Eleanor also won the Trinity College’s Edith Leigh Piano Prize and the Cambridge University Music Society Concerto Competition. For academic achievement, Eleanor became a Senior Scholar of Trinity College. Upon leaving university, having been the first female Organ Scholar of Trinity College, Eleanor was awarded the Forbes-Dunlop Grant by the Women’s Careers Foundation which enabled her to accept the offer to work at the Royal College of Music from September 2015 to July 2016. Eleanor now works as a Staff Accompanist at Chetham’s. Eleanor has had many performing opportunities as a soloist, an accompanist, in chamber ensembles and in choirs, both in the UK and abroad. These have included performing in 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. 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 is the accompanist on discs of music by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Kenneth Leighton, and Herbert Howells, all released by Hyperion and nominated for Gramophone Awards. She also toured with the choir to Canada, Germany, Switzerland and the USA. Eleanor enjoys a busy musical life outside her work at Chetham’s as a duo partner, soloist (last summer Eleanor performed as part of the Royal College of Music’s Medtner Project and was the soloist for a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Derbyshire City and County Youth Orchestra), and chamber/orchestral musician (Eleanor was recently the harpsichordist in a performance of Handel’s Messiah with soloists Anna Dennis, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks and Gavan Ring).