Elaine Loebenstein is an Irish pianist who has extensive training and experience as a classical accompanist. She has worked as a freelance collaborative pianist, recitalist, coach, lecturer and workshop leader. She has performed on several continents and has appeared on radio and television in Europe, the US and Australia.

She also has a particular interest in classical improvisation, and combines this passion with her sensibilities as an accompanist to respond to cinematic art through interactive, spontaneous music making.

She has lived and worked in Dublin, London, Glasgow and Sydney. She calls Vienna home.

Walkeley Awards, Parliament House, Canberra

Having studied with some of the worlds most celebrated chamber pianists and Lieder specialists including Graham Johnson and Malcolm Martineau, Elaine has worked extensively as an accompanist and collaborative pianist in a wide variety of professional settings across the globe.
Recital performances have included St. Martin in the Fields London, the National Concert Hall Dublin, BBC City Halls Glasgow, the Museum of Australian Democracy, Kelvingrove Museum Glasgow, Parliament House Canberra, Glamis Castle, the Famous Spiegeltent, the Australian National Arboreatum, Cork Opera House, the National Library of Australia, Teatro della Maestranza Sevilla, Llewellyn Hall at the Australian National University.

She has performed as part of festival programmes including the Edinburgh Festival and Edinburgh Fringe, Canberra International Music Festival, Boyle Arts Festival Ireland, Canberra Centenary Festival, Voices in the Forest and Artsong Canberra.

She has been broadcast performing live on RTÉ Radio One, RTÉ Lyric FM (Ireland), ABC Radio National, ABC Radio Canberra and ABC Classic FM (Australia) and televised on RTÉ and ABC TV, SBS Television (Australia), Deutsche Welle (Germany) and ÖRF 1 (Austria).

Additionally she has worked for opera companies, choirs and ensembles including Opera Ireland (now INO), Lyric Opera Dublin, Crash Ensemble, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, UCD Choral Scholars, New Dublin Voices, CIMF Orchestra, and the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain. She has also acted as an official accompanist for music competitions and bursaries including at Dublin's Feis Ceoil and at the Australian National Eisteddfod.

Institut Français, Budapest


Trinity College Dublin
Bachelor of Music (Performance)
Awarded with First Class Honours
Additionally awarded the Michael MacNamara Medal for Excellence in Performance for a final-year recital

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama Dublin
(rebranded TU Dublin Conservatoire)
Graduate Diploma in Music (Instrumental Teaching)  Awarded with First Class Honours

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London
Licentiate Diploma in Piano Teaching (LRSM)

Guildhall School of Music and Drama London
Master of Music (Performance) in Advanced Accompaniment

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

(rebranded Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) in Advanced Accompaniment
Awarded the Broadwood Fellowship for Piano Accompaniment

Sample Live Recordings

Walkeley Awards, Parliament House, Canberra

Pianistengasse, 1080 Vienna

Silent Film Music
Over the past decade Elaine Loebenstein has honed her craft as a creator of improvised soundtracks for filmic materials including historical and archival footage, experimental film and documentary forms. This has included live improvisation with silent film and visual materials at events and festivals in cinematheques, archives and recital halls including the Sydney Opera House, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Town Hall Auckland, Central Hall Melbourne, Institut Français Budapest, Wienbibliothek, Slovenska Kinoteka Ljubljana,Teatro Verdi Pordenone (at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival), Cinema Ponrepo Prague, Canberra International Film Festival, the Austrian Film Museum, the Rocks Bizarre Festival Sydney, Canberra Centenary Festival, New York University, the Viennale Film Festival, Metrokino Wien, SVA Theatre Manhattan (for the Orphans Film Symposium), National Gallery of Australia, University College Cork and the Pianistengasse Festival in Vienna. 

She has also created film music to accompany installations (for the National Museum of Australia, for example), and for historical and experimental film that has subsequently been presented as part of exhibitions in New York, Belfast and Hamburg.

Further detailed information and samples of her extensive work with film can be found on a dedicated site here

Walkeley Awards, Parliament House, Canberra

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