• 1960 – 1962

    Faculty of Construction and Faculty of Architecture of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava

  • 1962 – 1966

    Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, piano (Rudolf Macudzinski)

  • 1966 – 1968

    post-graduate studies of piano at the Frédéric Chopin Academy in Warsaw (Maria Wilkomirska)

  • 1977 – 1979

    doctorate studies of musicology at the Arts Science Dept. of the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava (Jozef Kresánek)

  • 1981 – 1983

    post-doctorate course of music aesthetics at the Arts Science Dept. of the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava (Leonid Stolovič and Jonas Bruveris)

  • 1968 – 1970

    lecturing in piano music at the Faculty of Education of Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra

  • 1972 – 1984

    banned from concert activities for political reasons

  • 1974 – 1984

    assistant professor at the Arts Science Dept. of the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava (theory of interpretation, piano performance, score reading)

  • 1984

    US emigration and resuming of concert activities

  • 1987 – 1992

    University of Dayton, Ohio (USA), head of the Keyboard Instruments Dept. (since 1987 associate prof.), teaching of piano, piano literature history and music history

  • 1992

    return to Slovakia, resuming of lecturing and concert activities in Europe, concert tour across the USA

  • 1994

    teaching of piano music at the Fairfax Conservatory of Music, Virginia

  • 1995 – 1998

    Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, lectures on piano performance

  • 1992

    artistic director of the Milhaud Festival in Dayton, Ohio, USA

  • 2000

    artistic director of the Flemish Music Festival in Bratislava

Elena Letňanová has rich experience of giving concerts, mainly abroad. Apart from Slovak festivals she has appeared at festivals in Vienna, Rome, Ghent, Bacau, San Francisco, Dayton, Prague, Kroměříž, Ostrava, Zlín, Katowice, Turin etc. and recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, Washington and other states of the USA, Canada, Europe (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium, England, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic etc.), Asia (Israel) and Japan. As well as collaborating with leading Slovak orchestras, she has appeared  with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, M. Jora Philharmonic Orchestra in Bacau, Bohuslav Martin Chamber Orchestra in Brno, Brno Philharmonia, Brno Chamber Soloists conducted by Georg Sebastien, Philip Magnusson, Henri van de Velde, Ovidio Balan etc.


In 2009 she also appeared at the international music festival Harmonia Moraviae in Zlín, where she performed two piano concertos dedicated to her: Concertino for Elena by Richard Toensing and Good Company by Boudewijn Buckinx, and a piano concerto by Henryk Gorecki. Czech Radio made a recording of the concert.


In 2010 she participated in the Forfest Festival (Good Company – Concerto For Piano and String Orchestra by Boudewijn Buckinx, dedicated to Elena Letňanová).


Since 1992 she has also worked as an English lecturer at several Slovak universities. She occasionally engages in literary activity, and short stories of hers have been published in leading literary journals in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.