DMA Piano Performance, University of Utah

MA Piano Performance, University of Toledo

BA  Piano Performance, University of Toronto

Dr. Jelena Cingara attended the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada where she achieved grade 10 piano, and participated in various courses in piano pedagogy, history and music theory.  

In 2001 she completed her BA in Piano Performance at The University of Toronto (number one music school in Canada), where she was a student of Dr. Boris Lysenko and Boyanna Toyich. Jelena was a very active performer, teacher and accompanist in recitals and performances in the GTA area. During her studies at The University of Toronto Jelena was a prize winners in various music festivals, such as: Kiwanis, Davenport, and Peel.

Following her University years, Jelena Cingara spent two summers at the world class  Chautauqua Institution (NY) where she was a full and partial scholarship winner. She participated in master classes and private lessons held by Rebecca Penneys, a renowned piano professor at Eastman School of Music. Chautauqua's frequent guests were famous pianists such as Angela Hewitt, and others. Eastman School of Music is currently ranked among the finest music schools in the world.

In addition to Canadian and American, Jelena also has European performing experience, which involved spending two summers in Rome, Italy performing in concerts with TIP "Monster" ensemble of 10 piano's 20 pianists. In 2006 Jelena also appeared as a soloist at Omni television in Toronto.

In the winter of 2003, Jelena continued her musical education at The University of Toledo in Ohio, where in only one and a half years she received her MA in Piano Performance, and was a student of Dr. Michael Boyd (DMA Eastman School of Music). During her years in Toledo, she held a full accompanying assistanship, and won third prizes at small ensemble as well as piano concerto competition. She as also the recipient of Way Library Scholarship, and held a Solo Concert there.

Jelena recently completed her DMA in Piano Performance, with a minor in organ performance at The University of Utah School of Music in Salt Lake City, where her GPA was 3.76. During her time at U of Utah she was the recipient of many scholarships, such as : two times Dean's travel grant winner, European Scholarship, U of Utah teaching assistanship, and others. Her piano professor at The University of Utah was Dr. Vedrana Subotic (DM Indiana), who is a highly valued pedagogue and performer all over the world.


Jelena’s performances in 2013 included master classes for concert pianist Nicholas Angelich, and cellist Steven Doane (Eastman School of Music), Tesla Quartet, and Benowitz Quartet. She also participated in a lobby fest recital with a violinist in Abravanel Hall (Utah Symphony Concert Hall) in SLC in February 2013; She was also participant in the Monster Concert at the University of Utah in Libby Gardner Hall for many years. 

In the summer of 2014 Jelena attended the Summer Chamber Music Workshop in SLC, as well as the Interharmony Music Festival in Arcidosso, Tuscany, that presently has pianist Alfred Brendl on their faculty. The following summer of 2015 Jelena was a participant and performer in the Prague piano workshop. In the summer of 2016, along with Zoltan Csiskos (cello) Jelena gave a chamber music recital at the World Piano Teacher's Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia. WPTC is a part of Alink-Argerich foundation! She also gave a solo recital for the Davis Arts Council in Layton, where the performers lineup for 2016 included artists such as the world famous The Beach Boys, Amy Grant, and The Gentry. Jelena is currently a very active performer/pedagogue in the GTA area, and her future plans involve concerts at Gallery 345, as well as participation in the La Balie workshop (France). She is a recipient of numerous scholarships, competitions, and prizes. Jelena's career includes a series of solo, chamber, collaborative international and national recitals, twenty five years experience as a pedagogue and piano teacher, accompanying and chamber music.

She is a professional, charismatic, passionate and dynamic pianist. Please feel free to listen to her music samples on this website.

"Put all your soul into it, play the way you feel."

Frederic Chopin