Faculty & Staff

Elena Doubovitskaya

Department Chair: Piano

Private Lessons: Piano; Conservatory: Piano Duet Classes, Piano Performance Class, Piano Group Classes


Northwestern University - Bienen School of Music
Doctor of Music Arts, Piano Performance

Manhattan School of Music
Master of Music

Ural State "Mussorgsky" Conservatory (Ekaterinburg, Russia)
Diploma in Piano Instruction and Chamber Ensemble

Tver Music College (Russia)
Diploma in Piano Pedagogy and Accompaniment with Honours




Music is in pianist Elena Doubovitskaya’s blood. Growing up near Moscow, Russia, Dr. Doubovitskaya was exposed to music at an early age by her father, an amateur guitar player, and grandfather, who directed a folk orchestra. When she was five, her parents bought her a keyboard and the rest, as they say, is history. Learning quickly to play by ear, she soon began formal training and continues to study piano to this day.

After earning a diploma in piano from two music schools in Russia, Dr. Doubovitskaya continued her piano performance education in the United States, earning a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music and a Doctorate in Music from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. She performed her debut recital in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as part of Artists International Presentations. Numerous engagements in the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic and Russia soon followed.

Dr. Doubovitskaya’s talents have been recognized with awards from Artists International Presentations, Seattle International Piano Competition, and the Ibla Grand Prize Competition in Italy; and from invitations to perform at national and international festivals, including East-West Music Festival (Germany), Tanglewood Music Festival (Massachusetts) and Prague International Piano Master Classes. Dr. Doubovitskaya performs with several Chicago area chamber groups and is a frequent judge at piano competitions.

Dr. Doubovitskaya enjoys the diverse student population at Merit. She adjusts her teaching method to the individuality of each student and to discover unique strengths and minimize weaknesses of each student’s learning and performance style.

Music plays an important part in Dr. Doubovitskaya’s free time as well, during which she likes to search YouTube for rarities of classic music performed by master musicians, and to travel and read documentary books.

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“It’s a wonderful privilege to teach such a diverse population of students – ranging in age 4 to over 60 – all who are excited about and devoted to learning music!”