Elina G. Asato Hamilton is Assistant Professor of Music and Area Head of Musicology at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa. She was previously a Visiting Lecturer at M.I.T. and has also taught graduate courses at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

In 2015 Hamilton received her MA and Ph.D. from Bangor University after completing a dissertation titled “Walter of Evesham Abbey and the Intellectual Milieu of Fourteenth-century English Music Theory.”  She received a BMus in Piano Performance from Portland State University in 2007, where she studied with pianist Harold Gray, former director of Portland Piano International, and counterpoint and orchestration with composer Bryan Johanson. 

Elina was born and raised in the mountains of Nagano, Japan and speaks Japanese natively. As a child, she studied piano privately with Kumiko Nishi and Junko Hara and attended Japanese schools.

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