18-year-old Canadian pianist, Elijah Orlenko, is quickly establishing himself as a sensitive and versatile artist. He is a Temerty Foundation scholarship student at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists in the studio of Michael Berkovsky. Elijah will embark on his undergraduate studies this fall at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music.
He has received top prizes at the Los Angeles Young Musician International Piano Competition and at several competitions across Canada, including the Bader & Overton Canadian Piano Competition and the National Music Festival of Canada.
Elijah has performed extensively in recitals and as soloist with numerous orchestras. Shortly following his family’s move to Toronto in 2017, Elijah won the Taylor Academy Concerto Competition at the age of 13 and had his Koerner Hall debut with the Academy Concert Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Ivars Taurins. Following this, Elijah was invited to perform as a soloist with the Philharmonic of Galicia and conductor Maximino Zumalave, Orchestra Toronto with conductor Michael Newnham, and the Etobicoke Philharmonic with conductor Matthew Jones.
Most recently, in the summer of 2022, he was selected as one of few pianists at the Pianofest in the Hamptons Piano Series in Long Island, NY.
Born to first-generation immigrants from Ukraine, Elijah was raised with fascination and curiosity toward all forms of art and science. In his spare time, Elijah enjoys playing duets with his older sister, Mariya, as well as riding his bike and enjoying the great outdoors.