Elena Chounta

Elena Chounta was born in Athens. She started playing the piano at the age of five and studied at the Athenaeum Conservatory under Dora Bakopoulou. In 1994 she received her piano diploma, with "Excellent" marks and First Prize and she was awarded the Golden Medal of Athenaeum. She then followed piano perfection courses by internationally renowned professors, such as Lev Vlassenko, Gyorgy Sebok, Leon Fleisher and Vladimir Krainev.  
In 1995 she represented Greece at the Conferenza Musicale Mediterranea in Sicilly, where she was awarded a scholarship. She also participated in artistic endeavours in Switzerland, within the "Gyorgy Sebok Masterclass- Ernen Musikdorf" context. Since then she has appeared as a soloist at the most well-known Greek concert halls (such as the Athens Concert Hall, the Athens College Theatre etc), participated in recitals and chamber music concerts in Greece and abroad and has performed as a soloist with Greek and international symphony orchestras.
She has had numerous collaborations concerning the chamber music genre, the most important being the founding of the Ellemis Piano Quartet in 2002. With Ellemis she has recorded her first CD, with works by Brahms and Chausson, which was published in 2004 by Subways Music.  
In November 2005 the same company, in collaboration with the Greek Composers Union, released her CD entitled "Hellanion" where, with Stella Tsani on violin, she performs works by Skalkottas, Kalomiris, Antoniou, Konitopoulos and Kanaris. Her recordings have been aired by television and radio on numerous occasions and she has performed works for the first time. She has also given concerts organised by the Greek Composers Union.  
In January 2010 the new album of Ellemis Piano quartet was released, entitled “Eikones” and consisting of works by Robert Schumann, G. F. Händel, G. Caccini, C. Armstrong, N. Mavroudis, L. Kanaris, M. Archontidis and E. Chounta.  
She has been noted for her talent in composition since a very young age. Her first appearance on a Greek television broadcast, performing her own music, occured when she was only 11. She later took composition and orchestration courses under the Belgian composer and conductor Robert Janssens. Her works have been performed by Greek and international orchestras and choirs, by musical ensembles and chamber music groups, as well as renowned soloists. She is also heavily involved in teaching.