Brief Biography


“La Flauta que Canta”

Elena Durán is one of the most charismatic flute players on the concert platform today. She was born to Mexican-American parents in East Oakland, California At the age of only twenty she was appointed Lecturer in Flute at Stanford University.

She studied in Europe with Jean Pierre Rampal, András Adorjan, Alain Marion, Aurèle Nicolet and James Galway, spending the following years touring Europe, the Far East, Australasia and the Americas.

Elena has made concerto appearances and recordings with many major orchestras in the UK, Europe and with virtually every orchestra in Mexico. She has played regularly for members of the British Royal Family including two Royal Galas with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London’s Royal Albert Hall in front of Her Majesty the Queen.  She was also the founder and for twenty years  the artistic director of the Stratford-on-Avon International Flute Festival.

She devotes a great deal of time to her outreach project FLAUTA SIN FRONTERAS in which she takes music to young, old and disadvantaged people who seldom have the opportunity of hearing live music. She has made two tours along the US-Mexico Border, each time giving thirty ‘encuentros’ in the course of the four weeks. Each year, Elena makes a tour of the jails of Mexico City.  

Elena is also passionate about Mexican Music and has developed a number of programs featuring video clips from the Época de Oro del Cine Mexicano, featuring the music of Manuel Esperón, José Alfredo Jiménez and others in her shows AMORCITO CORAZÓN, MÉXICO DE MI CORAZÓN and ELLA Y EL REY. Elena performed at the Auditorio Nacional in a QUEEN-BEATLES Symphonic Gala and will shortly launch a national tour of WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS with her trio.

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