Eliana Yi, 23, (B.M. '19, M.M. '21) began her piano studies at the age of five and cello at age ten. She has over seven years of experience in teaching piano and cello and has been giving lessons in the Dallas area for the last four years. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Eliana participated in various musical organizations such as Austin Youth Orchestra where she played the piano, cello and harpsichord. She has also been a part of TSIPF in San Marcos, ADMTA festivals and competitions, Regions Orchestra, All-City, AISD Solo and Ensemble, UIL Solo and Ensemble, State Solo and Ensemble, CHAMPS (Chamber Music for Public Schools), CMFW (Classical Music for the World) and an internship program under Graham Reynolds (composer/bandleader) through MINDPOP. In 2013, she participated in a music exchange program with Zwickau Conservatory in Germany.
Eliana is a graduate student and teaching fellow currently attending Meadows School of the Arts with a M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. She has also graduated from Meadows with a B.M. in Piano Performance with a Pedagogy emphasis. She specializes on practicing and performing on the three ergonomic keyboard sizes that SMU offers (5.5”, 6.0”, 6.5”), a keyboard designed for people with smaller hands. She has had ensemble experience with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra playing cello. She studies under pianist Carol Leone and cellist Andre Diaz. She is a certified DMTA private piano instructor with the Music So Simple studios located in Richardson. Her students have participated in festival and recitals around the Dallas area.