Originally from Minsk, Belarus, pianist Alena Gorina is a lecturer at the Texas State University at San Marcos. Dr. Gorina holds a DMA in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s Degree from the Bowling Green State University, and the Diploma of the Belarusian National Conservatory. Her principal teachers over the years have been Nancy Garrett, Maxim Mogilevsky, Vladimir Dulov, and Ariadna Guzhalovskaya.
In Belarus, Ms. Gorina taught at the College of Music, the Belarusian Academy of Music, and the National Music School. She performed with various instrumentalists and served as an accompanist with the balalaika ensemble “Zolotaya Gorka” (“Golden Hill”) between 1998 and 2000. Her admiration of twentieth-century music brought her to Vienna, where she participated in master classes with Emmy Henz-Diémand. In 2001, the Bahrain Music Institute invited Alena Gorina to lead their piano department.
Dr. Gorina’s recognition in America began after a live broadcast as a soloist on WGTE FM 91 in Toledo, Ohio. She frequently appears with the “Musical Bridges Around the World” (MBAW) series in San Antonio, presenting a variety of programs and styles including “Schubert’s Birthday”, “A Date with Rachmaninoff”, “Women in Music”, and “French Impressions.” A Naxos recording of her performance of Lucas Foss’s “Psalms” with the University of Texas Chamber Singers under conductor James Morrows was released July 2010. In December 2011, Dr. Gorina participated in a unique performance of Liszt’s “Hexameron” for six pianists/twelve hands as part of “Golden Fingers and Golden Toes” for MBAW. Dr. Gorina’s piano solo album “Magical Evenings” is available on Amazon.
In 2013, she organized the piano duet AleAnya with Anya Grokhovsky (DuoAleAnya.com). The duet is gaining national recognition, including a Puerto Rican tour, collaborating with composers and choreographers to enrich the repertoire. In Summer 2017, the duet will perform a European tour. In her free time, Dr. Gorina performs community outreach concerts at schools and retirement homes, both as a soloist and as part of the duet.