Russian born Violinist, Elena Abramova, holds a Masters Degree from the State Conservatory of St Petersburg, Russia, and a Doctorate in Violin performance from the University of Auckland. Elena has lived in Auckland since 2003 where she is a sought after freelance violinist, chamber musician, and teacher. she has played with the NZSO, APO, ACO, NZ Trio and other professional ensembles. She has been a concertmaster of Waitakere Orchestra for 10 years and has led a number of other orchestras including Aorangi Symphony, NZ Concerto Orchestra and the St Petersburg University Orchestra. Elena and her husband Greg Mc Garity founded Auckland Trio which plays concerts both as a traditional classical string trio and also as a cutting edge fusion ensemble exploring non-classical virtuosic string music.