By Marta Ceron
Born in a family of musicians, Elena Gorna gained her harp Diploma with Honors from the distinguished Milan Conservatoire Giuseppe Verdi (Italy), under the guidance of Giuliana Albisetti.
In 1991 Elena won a scholarship for the prestigious Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento dei Filarmonici di Torino (Turin, Italy), where she continued her studies with Giuliana Albisetti and Susanna Mildonian. The same year, the Rotary Club in Milan awarded her a scholarship as Best Young Artist.
In 2009 she was awarded a degree in Didactic and Pedagogic Training from the Conservatoire Giuseppe Verdi (Milan, Italy).
After her debut as a soloist in 1990, performing Boieldieu concert with the Angelicum Orchestra, she appeared both as soloist and in chamber music ensembles at the Malatestiano Festival (Rimini, Italy), Studio Es Festival, Musica del Nostro Tempo (Milan, Italy), Ars Musica (Brussels, Belgium), and the international Festival de Murcia (Spain).
In 1992 Elena was a winner of the Schleswig-holstein Musik Festival Orchester competition, and joined the orchestra as principal harp and chamber musician on their international tour, under the baton of L. Maazel, C. Eschembach and M. Rostropovitch.
Since 1995 she has worked as principal harp with the orchestras Cantelli, Sinfonica Verdi, Pomeriggi Musicali, Teatro alla Scala, and has collaborated with internationally renowned conductors, among which C. M. Giulini, D. Oren, A.Ceccato, D. Renzetti, R. Gandolfi, V. Jurowsky, P. Gallois.
Always a keen exponent of 20th and 21st century music, Elena has worked in close collaboration with numerous composers (G. Kurtag, K. Huber, L. De Pablo, J. Mac Millan, M. Nyman among others) and performed both as soloist and chamber musician with some of the most innovative Italian contemporary groups, such as Sentieri Selvaggi, Icarus and Divertimento Ensemble, appearing in major national and international concert venues.
In 2011 she was invited to perform the solo works Sequenza by Berio and Flou by Petrassi for Mitosettembremusica (Museo del Novecento, Milano, Italy).
She performed for important concert seasons such as Società del Quartetto of Milano and Mito Festival with the Ensemble of the well-known violinist S. Accardo.
Her recording of the Notturni by Bochsa for Bayer Records and Notturni by Giuliani for Brilliant Classic with L. Magistrelli has received critical acclaimed.
Elena in regularly invited as a juror on the panel of national and international harp competition and she is Professor of Harp at the Conservatory of Benevento since 2016.