Ellen Pavliska made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the San Antonio Symphony on March 22, 2009 in a performance of the 3rd Movement of the Concerto No. 2, Op.22, by Saint-Saens at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium. Later that year she performed a solo recital at the San Antonio Tuesday Musical Club. A reviewer from The San Antonio Express News said, “Pavliska captivated her audience with an eclectic program. (Her) Haydn Sonata…had strong dynamics and flawless runs…Pavliska concluded her program with a brilliant rendition of Chopin’s Scherzo in b-flat minor, op. 31.”
Ellen began studying piano at the age of 11, winning 2nd place in her first state level competition, The Janice K Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition, at the age of 13. Since then she has placed first in the same competition. In addition to winning the San Antonio Symphony’s Future Stars Competition, Ellen has won Grand Prize at the Wysong-Joplin Young Artists Competition, 2nd in the Baylor-Waco National Piano Competition, 3rd at the DeBose National Competition in Baton Rouge, 3rd in the TMTA State Level Competition in Arlington, and 2nd in the San Antonio Junior Tuesday Musical Club contest. She has also been pleased to perform for the San Antonio Symphony League’s Annual Spring Luncheon and the San Antonio International Piano Competition’s Showcase for Young Pianists.
Ellen had the honor of serving on the first Junior Jury of the 2009 San Antonio International Competition, and to perform in SAIPC sponsored Master Classes with Gustavo Romero and Santiago Rodriguez. She has enjoyed additional Master Classes with Dr. Julian Martin of the Juilliard School of Music, Angela Cheng of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Dr. Douglas Humpherys of the Eastman School of Music, Dr. Slutsky of the Peabody Institute, and Polish concert pianist, Ewa Kupiec.
Ellen has been studying with Kenneth Thompson, Executive Director of the Musical Arts Centers of San Antonio, since 2006.