Elena Barere, violinist with the Metropolitan Opera since 1994, was born and raised in Manhattan. She attended the prep division and later earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music from Juilliard. She studied there with Dorothy Delay, then with Leventritt award winning violinist David Nadien. While a student she performed at Aspen, Vail, Spoleto and Marlboro music festivals. Moving into the NYC studio recording world, she became concertmaster for innumerable recordings and films. Artist discography includes Carly Simon,David Bowie, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Harry Connick Jr, Tony Bennett. Film credits include Cape Fear, Ty Cobb, Muppet Christmas Carol and You've Got Mail. Independent films include Teeth, Why We Fight and Trumbo. Currently running at the NYC Planetarium she is heard, along with her vocalist daughter Carolyn Miller "Journey to the Stars" :Whoopie Goldberg, narrator; composer, Robert Miller. Elena resides in Westchester with her husband and two daughters.