Now residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, concert pianist and master piano teacher Elissa Stutz Lechnir is a former member of the music faculty at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Since her critically acclaimed New York City recital debut in 1988, she has performed throughout the United States and the former Soviet Union as solo recitalist and orchestra guest soloist, appearing with orchestras such as the Wichita Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Sioux City Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Lviv Philharmonic, and New Kharkiv Symphony, among others. As guest soloist with the USSR Ministry of Culture Orchestra in Moscow, Ms. Lechnir made a recording on the MK/Olympia label of Postludium for Piano and Orchestra, a piece written for her by Ukrainian composer Valentin Sylvestrov. She has made other solo recordings for Cambria Recordings. Ms. Lechnir has performed at international music festivals in cities such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Kiev and St. Petersburg. At Kiev Music Fest '93 in Ukraine, Elissa Stutz Lechnir gave the world premiere performance of Virko Baley's Concerto No. 1 which was taped for broadcast on PBS throughout the United States. Her solo performances have included appearances at The Juilliard School, Harvard, Sarah Lawrence College, Miami University, and Palomar College, to name a few. She has also performed on television in Ukraine and live on Public Radio in Nevada.
Ms. Lechnir maintains an active private studio teaching students of all ages and especially loves working with children. Elissa Stutz Lechnir is one of the few master teachers in Nevada willing to accept beginning students as young as 4 years old, because she feels a proper start is crucial to the formation of a young musician. She fully supports whatever role music plays in the lives of her students, whether one of personal enrichment or professional career preparation. Her students regularly take top prizes in competitions and excel in performance opportunities throughout the city and elsewhere.