A former Bay Area resident, Dr. Elena Yárritu currently makes her home in San Diego, California where she is freelance flutist and teacher. As acting principal flute, she performs with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus under the direction of Steve Schick and David Chase.

An active chamber musician and solo recitalist, Yárritu has performed extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York and abroad in France, the Netherlands and in Eastern Europe. Some highlights of her career include a New York Recital Debut in November 2003 at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as a recipient of a Special Presentation Award given by Artists International Presentations in New York City, a guest artist appearance at the Texas Flute Festival in May 2007 as recipient of the 2006 Myrna Brown Competition first prize and a performance of Samuel Zyman's flute sonata with pianist Gabriel Sanchez at the National Flute Association Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico in August of the same year.

In June 2006, she performed Samuel Zyman's flute sonata with Brazilian pianist Fabio Gardenal as member of Ensemble Alma, a New York based ensemble specializing in the music of Spain and Latin America. She has recently performed Mozart's Concerto in G major with the Palo Alto Philharmonic (Palo Alto, CA) and in 2001 was invited to perform Mozart's D major concerto with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Moldova, a performance that was also broadcast on Moldovan National Radio.

A dedicated supporter of new music, Yárritu collaborated with composer Ryan Carter in his work for flute and electronics Not One, Not Two in April 2006 and February 2007 as part of the Electronic Music Series at Stony Brook University. Yárritu has premiered Mike Mower's Sonata No. 3 in New York and recently commissioned the flute quartet, Fictions for Four Flutes, which was presented at the 2004 National Flute Convention held in Nashville, Tennessee. Her debut album of contemporary works for Flute & Piano was released on the MSR Classics label in 2008.

Born in Japan and raised by a Japanese mother and Hispanic Basque American father in San Jose, California, Yárritu has much to draw from as an artist. From a family of cultural & vocational diversity - these influences have contributed to Yárritu's artistry and devotion to educating young, talented flutists.

Yárritu's has earned degrees from Stony Brook University, Yale University and San Jose Sate University. She has also studied abroad in Paris and has traveled extensively in Europe. Her teachers include: Carol Wincenc, Ransom Wilson, Alain Marion, Jill Felber, Lloyd Gowen, Bart Feller and Isabelle Chapuis-Starr. She has played for James Galway, Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser, Marc Grauwels, Susan Milan, Paul Meisen and Linda Chesis.

Elena Yárritu plays a 14K Sankyo Flute.