Yelena Golberg was born in Moscow, Russia. In 1990, she graduated from the well known Gnesin Academy of Fine Arts with a Master of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy, Theory and History of Music.
While still in Russia, she performed as a soloist with the Moscow Youth Orchestra and taught several subjects at the Moscow Ippolitov--Ivanov School of Music. Her musical career in the US began in 1992. She taught piano, theory and history at different music schools in Philadelphia and New York, as well as privately from her own studio. She also enjoyed being an accompanist to several string and vocal performers. By 2003, she added formal training as a certified Suzuki Piano teacher to her portfolio. Since then, she has offered many different approaches to piano studies, including the so called 'traditional', Suzuki methods, as well as the 'Europian' style in teaching.
Among her many students of various ages and levels, there are numerous winners of local and state competitions. Yelena is a very active member of the National Music Teachers Association (NMTA), Arizona State Music Teachers Association (ASMTA) and its local division - the Phoenix Music Teachers Association (PMTA). She served three consecutive terms as a Chair or Co--Chair for the PMTA Celebration of Music Piano Competition, and is currently on the Committee for the PMTA Fall Festival Piano Competition. She has been regularly invited to adjudicate for different musical events. Needless to say, all her students are eagerly and successfully performing at numerous musical events throughout the community. One of the latest additions to Yelena's professional career is her membership with the Monday Morning Musicale (MMM), for which she performs and is recorded regularly at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center.