Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano
Pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas is a favorite of Long Islanders as a piano soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist.
Her undergraduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music were with Constance Keene, and chamber music with Artur Balsam. Her graduate studies, also at Manhattan, were with Robert Helps, who introduced her to contemporary music, and also to the techniques of Abby Whiteside. Sophia Rosoff—a Whiteside disciple, was a major influence, as was the jazz pianist Joanne Brackeen.
Ms. Zayas formed the chamber ensemble Nepenthe in 1984, which presented a successful concert series at the Boulton Center for the Arts in Bay Shore, and performed widely on Long Island. She has appeared as a soloist at such venues as Trinity Church in NYC, and the Friends of the Arts Beethoven Festival at Planting Fields Arboretum.
She has performed with CROSS ROAD, a string jazz group led by composer/bassist Reynard Burns, which included violinist John Blake. She is currently a pianist for the Long Island Children’s Chorus, with recent performances at the Tilles Center and Adelphi University.
Ms. Zayas is a native of Brightwaters, where she lives and maintains a private piano studio. She has served on the music faculties of Hofstra University, Five Towns College, and the Sachem Public Schools.