Elena Sundquist
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Elena Sundquist

Edmonds, Washington, United States

Edmonds, Washington, United States
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter

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A single beautiful flower growing through a patch of concrete defies its manmade obstacle and reminds us of nature's unstoppable power. Pianist, songwriter and performer Elena is that flower. Born and raised in Groznyy, Chechnya, Russia; a city whose name literally means 'fearsome' and 'terrible' is the unforgiving concrete that she grew through.

Life in Groznyy was nothing but hard. Her father's grim job as a gravedigger, her mother's severe methods as her piano teacher, the tragic death of her brother and the break up of Soviet Union were all fertilizer for her life in music.

Elena moved away from her family when she was accepted into the elite Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Those lonely years of struggle and survival in a big city that "doesn't believe in tears" helped strengthen her music abilities. After graduating she went on to receive her M.A. in Music Composition at the prominent Moscow Conservatory where Tchaikovsky once taught. While at the conservatory the head of the composition department became her mentor. He was a student of the great 20th century master, Dmitriy Shostakovich and would call Elena "a granddaughter of Shostakovich" for her talent in composing. It was here that thoughts of making it in America were planted in Elena's mind and grew until she could no longer resist them.

Translating her former life in Russia to an American audience would require more training and so Elena immersed herself into acting, voice and dance lessons. Turmoil followed Elena in her new American life. Her husband's dislike for her career turned into a nightmare as he secretly prepared to divorce her and take custody of their children. She was left alone with only her dreams in a strange country but her unwavering convictions got her through those dark times... as they had all her life.

Elena's sharp sense of humor combined with her intensity and passion create a unique sound as a pop artist and performer. Now with her newfound freedom she is pursuing her dreams as a free woman in a free land.