Born and bred in El Sistema, Elena’s infectious enthusiasm for ‘boundary- jumping’ (Time Out), and for bringing new music to a wider audience has brought her accolades all over the world. Elena has commissioned, edited, published, performed and recorded over 40 new works giving countless world premieres including Sir John Tavener’s “Ypakoe”, written especially for her. ‘My disc of 2000 is without hesitation Elena Riu’s extraordinary CD of 20th century piano music’ Gramophone. A leading exponent of the Hispano-American repertoire she has championed the music of Antonio Soler, Tania Leon, Daniel Erkoreka, Diana Arismendi, Hilda Paredes and Javier Alvarez amongst many others. Her CD of Sonatas by Soler was released to great acclaim by the Spanish label Ensayo. She is a regular visitor to the Festival Latinoamericano.