As violinist Elena Urioste tells it, when she was just two years old, she knew she wanted to be a violinist, after seeing Itzhak Perlman perform on a broadcast of Sesame Street. Now as a star artist in her own right, she travels the world sharing her musical gift with thousands, including here in Central California.
Urioste is a two-time winner of the prestigious Sphinx competition, which promotes diversity in classical music for young artists of Latino and African American heritage. She was recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist and has performed with some of the top orchestras in the world, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Richmond, and San Antonio symphony orchestras.
She performs in Fresno this weekend with the Fresno Philharmonic in a concert titled Beloved Beethoven, where she will perform Beethoven's Violin Concerto.