Elena Lacheva




Bulgarian-born Ms. Lacheva holds the Professional-in-Residence position at Louisiana State University and continues to serve as the Program Director of the Collaborative Piano Institute - the summer program for current and potential collaborative pianists she co-created in 2017.

Ms. Lacheva is a member of the International Keyboard Collaborative Arts Society (IKCAS) and was a presenter at CollabFest 2020, the Society’s annual conference. In 2019 she joined the New Orleans Opera production team for the productions of Rigoletto and Carmen, and will return for La Bohème in the spring of 2022.

Before joining the LSU faculty in 2017, Ms. Lacheva was a vocal coach for the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston, and assisted with several productions at Opera in the Heights.

As a Studio Artist of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, she was involved in the rehearsal process and performances of Wagner's Das Rheingold, Weinberg's The Passenger (in Houston, and at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York) among others, and performed extensively with the Studio singers in recitals in Texas and Louisiana.

Ms. Lacheva completed her collaborative piano studies with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in 2012 and that summer she was an apprentice coach in the Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera Center. The previous summer she was a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center where she helped prepare Stravinsky’s Renard for the Mark Morris Dance Group.

Ms. Lacheva has performed internationally as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and a member of the Aelia Piano Duo in Vienna, Orvieto, Prague, Berlin, and Reykjavík, and maintains an active recital schedule.


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213 School of Music Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803