Eleni Volonakis is a native of Rhodes, Greece and has taught piano for 18 years, both privately and in a conservatory setting. At the age of 12, she began studying with Achilles Kolasis at the “Ecole Normale de Musique” in Luzerne, Switzerland. She went on to earn a degree in Piano from Corelli Conservatory as well as a degree in Music Theory and Harmony from the Music Academy Conservatory in Athens, Greece.
In 2003, Eleni took her first job teaching piano and electric keyboard at Corelli Conservatory. In 2005, she transitioned to Rodion Pedia School in Rhodes, where she taught piano and music theory to elementary and high school students. It was during those early teaching years that Eleni discovered joy of sharing her passion for music with her students.
“When I received my first music degree, I was confused about which direction I should follow,” said Eleni. “To a young lady, all of the glamour and spectacle of being a concert pianist is very inviting: lights, scenery, people focused on you and most of all, applause and recognition for your art. It is very hard to pass by. It was during this time that I began giving lessons and working with young students. Although this didn’t lead me to the path of being a concert pianist, it gave me the opportunity to expose young minds to the incredible joy of making music. Working together with them and watching them progress was so rewarding that I decided that this was the path for me.”
In 2010, Eleni opened her own private music studio where she taught students of all experience levels, beginning at age four. In each lesson, Eleni strives to impart not only the basics of piano playing, but also knowledge of music theory. This gives her students a deeper appreciation for and understanding of music as a whole.
Eleni also has experience teaching students with learning disabilities, including dyslexia and ADHD. She has cultivated a teaching environment based on patience and mutual love of music, and many of her students have become lifelong friends.