A native of Los Angeles transplanted to the Boston area, Elaine Rombola performs regularly, both in solo and chamber music concerts, and maintains teaching studios in Boston and Beverly MA.
Elaine has given solo performances in Los Angeles (CA), Tokyo and Kochi, (Japan), Oberlin OH, throughout the Boston area as well as recent appearances in Amherst, Marblehead, Duxbury, Essex and Andover (MA), among others. She performed and recorded at Firehouse 12 in New Haven (CT) in 2008, and in February 2009 appeared as a soloist with the Salem Philharmonic.
She is a deep admirer of the music of Bach, and yet also an avid supporter and performer of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has worked with composers George Crumb, Lee Hyla, Rand Steiger, Chaya Czernowin, Nicholas Vines, Anthony Green, Mischa Salkind-Pearl, LJ White and many others. She is interested in bringing new and infrequently heard music to audiences in a convincing and enlightening manner, and looks to create programs that provoke thought and discussion by the contrasts and similarities between works.
She collaborated for nearly 3 years with sculptor Nathalie Miebach on a project which explored the intersection of science, visual art, and music, through a unique collaborative compositional process involving weather data, woven large scale sculptures, graphic/indeterminate musical scores, and solo piano music. They appeared together in various lectures, panel discussions and performances, presenting the sculpture, the scores, and the music to a variety of audiences, sparking cross-disciplinary interest and debate (more on this). Some recent solo concerts have included Miebach’s Weather Scores as well as other works (by Debussy, Beethoven Ives and Chopin) which can be interpreted to have something to say about weather in their own ways.
Elaine has performed with such ensembles as the NEC Philharmonia and the Callithumpian Consort under conductors Joseph Silverstein, Donald Palma and Stephen Drury. She has also made guest appearances with the Essex Chamber Music Players, Embryonic NOISE and the Ludovico Ensemble. She has performed and in some cases premiered numerous new works by young composers, with various new music ensembles, and at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at NEC. In addition to yearly solo and chamber performances at SICPP, Elaine is also SICPP’s Program Director, working closely with Artistic Director Stephen Drury to bring this important new music program (considered by many to be on par with the Darmstadt and Bang on a Can’s summer festivals) into being. As a teacher, she believes that the love and knowledge of music brings with it a responsibility to share it with others; she has gratefully found that she is constantly learning new things about playing the piano in the process of working with her students, whose ages have ranged from 3 to 88. She has studied with Stephen Drury, Sanford Margolis, Susan Svrcek and Karen Scoville, and had coachings or masterclasses with Patricia Zander, Emma Tamizhian, Steffen Schleiermacher, Marc Pontus and Ursula Oppens.
She lives in Watertown, Massachusetts with her husband and son.