A Ukrainian native, Olena Bratishko, is a recent DMA graduate in collaborative piano from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University. In addition to the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Olena holds a Master of Arts degree form Ukraine and a Master of Music in collaborative piano from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). In the United States Olena studied with Judit Jaimes, Jeffry Peterson, and Elena Abend. There she enjoyed being a collaborative pianist for the UWM Chamber Institute, the Concert Chorale, Men’s Choir, and the Kalliope Vocal Arts Series concerts. The collaboration with the Dance department resulted in a unique project of staging Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach with a live performance in 2008.
During her studies at Western University under the tutelage of John Hess, Olena enjoyed working as a repetiteur for several opera productions including Falstaff (2015), Gianni Schicchi (2016), and Carmen (2017). Olena has had the privilege to be a part of the following summer programs: Song Source Festival (2014), Stratford Music Academy (2016), the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (2017), and the Institute of Young and Dramatic Voices (2020). Currently, Olena is a freelance collaborative pianist and a vocal coach at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University where she coaches undergraduate and graduate singers.
A keen interpreter of song, Olena’s true passion lies in researching and performing Ukrainian art song. Her recent publication is a dissertation, The Art Songs of Kyrylo Stetsenko: Ukrainian Lyric Diction Guide. Olena has also been promoting Ukrainian art song by performing Ukrainian art song recitals in the academia and the community. Olena is privileged to be a part of the Ukrainian Art Song Project directed by Pavlo Hunka.