“A full appreciation of Dohnányi’s rich legacy requires an examination of the interrelationship between the multitudinous expressions of his musical activities as a pianist, composer, and conductor.” It is also Dohnányi’s pedagogical, administrative and patriotic roles that have helped shape Dohnányi’s story in the history of musical academia. Dohnányi is often described with the likeness of his contemporary counterparts – Rachmaninoff, Paderewski, Busoni, and Godowsky, yet, the life and works of Ernst von Dohnányi remain a mystery to modern instructors, performers and composers alike. Wildly acclaimed pianist, versatile composer, respected conductor, admired teacher, and devout citizen, Dohnányi is rarely recognized or performed on the modern stage. A comprehensive musician who contributed to almost every facet of the field lacks the recognition and a proper place among his peers. Dohnányi’s works, particularly Rhapsodies Op.11, allude to the artist’s capabilities behind the piano, the baton, and the manuscript. His extensive multi-faceted contributions to music are invaluable and well-deserving of his legacy and the celebration of Dohnányi as an indispensable artist.
Yelena Wells holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. She has taught college music classes for over 20 years including applied and class piano, music history, and music appreciation classes. Yelena has served on the faculty of Grand Rapids Community College, Hope College and currently Calvin University. She is an active member of the Michigan Music Teachers Association and Grand Rapids Piano Teachers' Forum where she serves as the Marketing & Technology Chair. Yelena is a frequent adjudicator for Michigan's state and local piano competitions.
Yelena has a passion for helping individuals and chapters develop and grow their online visibility. She serves as the Digital Marketing Strategist at Elite One Media where she offers a wide range of internet marketing services including web design, social media marketing, and Search Engine Optimization. The marketing strategies she implements keep music professionals competitive, credible, and connected in the digital world.
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