Intertwining Arts


piano performance blended with other visual and performing art genres


The SCRIABIN SONATAS Reimagined, Part 1 FILM


Team  (photo by Marc Serhan) (photo by Marc Serhan)

Elina Akselrud

The founder and artistic director of Intertwining Arts, as well as the lead artist of all its crossover projects is a Ukrainian-American classical pianist and fine art photographer.  Elina made her orchestra debut at the age of eight, studying at Kiev Special Music School with Irina Lipatova and Irina Barinova.  She is a prize winner of international piano competitions, such as Chopin on Thousand Islands'10, USA (1st Prize), Chopin in Hartford'12, USA (1st Prize), Midwest'14 in IA, U.S.A (2nd Prize), Chopin in Canberra'14, Australia (3rd Prize) and others. Elina has performed throughout Europe, Australia, and USA; she appeared with orchestras, such as the Ukrainian National Orchestra, the Kaufman Center Orchestra, NEC Symphony, and Lucerne Symphony, among others.


  • Bachelor of Music Degree/honors’12, Piano Performance (Mannes School of Music, New York City, USA; with Irina Morozova)

  • Master of Music Degree/honors’14, Piano Performance (New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, USA; with Alexander Korsantia)

  • Master of Music Major Solo Performance’18 (Hochschule Luzern - Musik, Lucerne, Switzerland; with Konstantin Lifschitz)

  • Post-Graduate Certificate, Piano Performance’18 (Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Florence, Italy; with Eliso Virsaladze)

Elina has been pursuing photography as a second profession since 2008.  She acquired several awards at (Staff Winter Selection'15), The New School University Alumni Summer Photo Contest'15 (1st Prize), The New School University Travel Photography Contest'10 in New York, USA (3rd Prize) and has studied the genre of Fine Art Portrait with Anka Zhuravleva.


Alex Bauer

The executive director of Intertwining Arts is a native of Colorado, USA. Alex received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Mannes School of Music, and Master of Music in Piano Performance from University of Kansas, where he also held a teaching assistantship. In addition to music, Alex has pursued interests in pedagogy, business management, and software programming. His professional experience includes positions with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, PEAK Learning Systems, the International Institute for Young Musicians, and the Metropolitan Opera, among others. Currently Alex is residing in Mountain View, California, while exploring the life of a Silicon Valley software developer at Branch Metrics.


Anastasia Panova

The marketing director of Intertwining Arts was born in Russia, where she obtained Bachelor and Master degrees in Marketing. She worked in the fields of event marketing, internet advertising, OOH advertising and media planning, as well as collaborated with several European start-ups, developing marketing strategy and managing social network activities. Anastasia is highly interested in marketing of non-profit organizations. Currently she resides in Northern Italy and continues exploring the world during her free time.


Ed Akselrud

The media director of Intertwining Arts is an experienced multimedia producer with an expertise in web development and design, film & video production and audio engineering. Ed is currently holding a position of Assistant Editor at Ultrabland in New York City.  Education: Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies at Hunter College, NYC.


Natalie Kozlova

The Intertwining Arts networking assistant has worked in tax accounting and international taxation as a Transfer Pricing Associate and as a Senior Tax Accountant and Junior Economist. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. In addition, Natalie has completed her M.M. in piano performance at Mannes College - The New School for Music, as well as an M.A. degree in Arts Administration from Baruch College (CUNY). Natalie is working to leverage her experience as a musician and her professional work experience for a career in performing arts management.


Dilectiss Liu

The philosophy advisor of Intertwining Arts has earned a BA/Honors in Mathematics and Philosophy from the Australian National University, with his thesis titled “The Value of Knowledge”. Under the supervision of Hannes Leitgeb, Dilectiss has completed his MA thesis at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, titled “Steps Towards Reconstructive Pragmatism — A Metaphilosophical Proposal Post Conceptual Analysis”. He is currently working as a research assistant under the chair of Julian Nida-Rümelin at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, and will begin his doctoral fellowship in an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Tübingen. Since youth, Dilectiss has won several awards in and out of the academia, such as the Jelks Scholarship for Musical Performance, the Defence Signals Directorate Mathematics Prize, the DAAD Scholarship. Over the years Dilectiss has been a devoted member of many arts communities such as the Earthly Delights Dancing Academy, the Canbera Mandolin Orchestra, the Munich International Choir, the DAAD Munich Musical Affairs. He has been involved in several projects such as a carbon offset tree plantation project for East Timor. After waging wars on burning problems, Dilectiss finds solace in all the beautiful things, such as poetry, the visual arts, history of philosophy and classical literature, and music.