Elena Sopoci, a Chicago native, earned her Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Wisconsin. After helping to establish The Santa Fe Symphony back in 1984, Elena served on the original steering committee and headed up all publicity for the organization, as well as created a popular noontime chamber music series for The Santa Fe Symphony. After helping to ensure The Santa Fe Symphony was well on its feet, she pursued a long-time dream and moved with her husband and three small children to Europe, where she was a member of the orchestra of Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the Swiss-Italian Radio Orchestra in Lugano. Additionally, Elena has played with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra, and was Concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.
Besides being a founding member of The Santa Fe Symphony, Elena has performed as soloist with that group. Other local appearances have included outreach concerts with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and performances with The Santa Fe Opera, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Taos Chamber Music Group, and Santa Fe New Music. In summer, Elena plays in the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival in Santa Cruz. She teaches privately and at the Santa Fe Waldorf School, United World College, and the College of Santa Fe. Mothering a menagerie of two dogs, a Catalan cat, and a parrot, in addition to trying to keep politically active and informed, keeps her fit and trim.