Born in Madrid in 1978, Elena Doncel started her studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Salamanca where she graduated as piano teacher for higher education. Parallel to these studies she completed her degree as a harpsichordist in Paris, where later she won the First Prize upon an unanimous vote of the Jury of the diplomas of higher degree and of excellence (CNR Rueil- Malmaison).
She started her artistic career in France, where she carried out an intense concert program including the recording of the soundtrack for the film “L’île atlantique” for ARTE.
After completing her degree in Paris, she pursued further harpsichord studies with Béatrice Martin at L’Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya (ESMuC), Barcelona, where she obtained her artist diploma recently. At present, she is in the Master programme Maestro al cembalo in the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève where she studies with Leonardo García Alarcon.
Elena Doncel has worked with directors such as Chiara Banchini, Alfredo Bernardini and Lambert Climent, performing in the Early Music Festival of Barcelona, and she has recently collaborated with the orchestra Le Concert des Nations directed by Jordi Savall (First Academy of Professional Training, Research and Interpretation with Period Instruments, Barcelona).
As soloist she has been invited to the festival “Young Harpsichordists” of Monte Compatri, Rome, in 2009 and has been selected to participate in the Vannes Early Music Institute (Académie européenne de Vannes), directed by Bruno Cocset. Apart from her frequent collaboration with early music ensembles, she also is founding member of the Vermeer Ensemble that pursues a busy concert activity in Spain and France.
Elena Doncel has been awarded a scholarship by the Foundation La Caixa, Madrid.
As a continuo-player she works in Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland etc. As a result of her fruitful collaboration with the violoncellist Pablo Garrido she founded the Vermeer Ensemble in January 2010. With the baroque oboist Seung-Kyung Lee she designed a programme of French music, which took/enabled her to play in Seoul in August 2012 (Seoul Baroque Chamber Hall). The same summer she participated with Aurion ensemble at the Fringe-concerts in Utrecht and at the international festival of early music in Goritzia, Italy. At present she is active in the field of Early Music with her ensemble Ebálides, Camerata Rousseau, Genève baroque, etc.