"Savor Your Senses" started in 2009, while Elaine was performing for friends at home. In preparation for an upcoming Carnegie Hall concert, Elaine and her husband, Kevin, had groups of friends over to hear her play through pieces and have some wine. Between selections, questions were often asked about the music, its history, how it made people feel, etc. During these discussions, Kevin would re-fill glasses, take wine requests, and give drink recommendations. The combination of guests talking about how the music made them feel, and deciding what wine to drink, eventually led to Kevin offering thoughts on what wine would "match" the piece that would be heard next. A "bubbly" Chopin Etude inspired a pairing with Prosecco, and a softer, sentimental movement from a Rubinstein concerto inspired a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo...
Purposefully matching music and wine together resulted in even livelier, fun, and enlightening conversations about these two art forms, and how they fit together in each piece. At the end of the night, after 5 or more piano/wine pieces, everyone became a genius!
It was a beautiful, organic process that highlighted connections, built relationships and heightened friendships, all while enjoying a symbiotic, music/wine experience in an intimate setting. Savor Your Senses was born.
In April of 2010, Elaine took this concept to a recital platform, hoping to reach/entertain/educate/connect/inspire all those who want to enrich the quality of their lives by opening their senses to unique and meaningful experiences.
Elaine is a prize-winning concert pianist, Lecturer in Music at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Co-founder/President/Artistic Director of the immersive music pairing series, Savor Your Senses®. She has performed solo and chamber music concerts globally and has been broadcast on TV/radio in the US, Canada, China and Bulgaria. She received standing ovations at her sold-out Carnegie Hall benefit concerts for Best Buddies NY (2008-2016), and as soloist with numerous orchestras including the National Music Festival Symphony, Toronto Philharmonia, Union Symphony, and Slovak Sinfonietta. She has recorded on the Artist's Choice Recording and Naxos labels. Elaine holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and has been a Lecturer/Affiliated Artist in the music department at MIT since 1999.
As an avid martial artist, Elaine is a second-degree black belt, five-time U.S. National Tae Kwon Do Forms Champion and currently studies Shaolin Kung Fu. She is in the fitness division of Wilhelmina Models and has appeared in dozens of documentaries, videos, ad campaigns (Nike, GNC, numerous sports brands), magazines and books. Elaine has been a featured guest on StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Oprah Winfrey Show, was honored as a Power Woman of New York, and was the subject of a documentary on Korean Global TV, which was broadcast to 89 million households internationally. She was profiled on the Better TV Show segment, "Women Who Inspire", showcased in ALIST Magazine's Female Leaders Issue, and highlighted in Road Trip Nation's 2015 book, Road Map. Dr. Kwon lives in New York, where she continues to find ways to combine and communicate her passion for music, martial arts, and optimal living.
Savor Your Senses® explores and shares pairings of music with other elements of life that contribute to an enjoyable LifeBlend™. Savor intends to bring people together around quality combinations and discussions with the experts on the music, wine/spirits, culinary arts, visual arts, and other concepts involved.
It’s a priority to feature prominent figures in their respective fields in order to educate and entertain the audience. Interaction with these experts is crucial to creating a unique, shared experience and central to connecting people.
Audiences need a more thoughtful, integrated experience.
Artists and experts need a better format to express the craftsmanship of their creations.
In a world where expertise is overwhelmed by mass appeal and mass distribution, we’re relegated to diluted experiences. It’s our mission to make excellence accessible to all who are part of the Savor experience, while making it a relatable part of the conversation. The goal is to create memorable events that weave music pairings into whatever brings your group together!