Born 1973 in Sevilla/Spain.
She studied German language in Sevilla and piano and composition in Zaragoza/Spain with Teresa Catalán, in Augsburg with John Van Buren, in Düsseldorf with Manfred Trojahn and in Berlin with Hanspeter Kyburz.
She was a teacher for composition at the Conservatoria Superior de Música de Zaragoza/Spain and has held numerous composition classes and organized music projects. Since October 2007 Mendoza works as a lecturer for composition and experimental music at the UdK Berlin.
Her main interest lies in dramaturgical and tonal questions in instrumental composition as well as music theater and the musical possibilities in language. Her 2007 music theater project »Niebla«, shown in 2007 together with director Matthias Rebstock, at the Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden Hellerau dealt with such issues.
Elena Mendoza has worked with ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Vogler-Quartett, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Nuremberg Opera, Ensemble emex and the Philharmonic Orchestra Freiburg. Her works were performed at numerous festivals, including the Ars Musica Brussels, Dresdener Tage der Zeitgenössischen Musik, Festival de Música Contemporánea de Camagüey in Cuba, Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik and the Jornadas des Música Contemporánea in Sevilla and Granada. She has received fellowships and residencies from the Künstlerhof Schreyahn, Ensemble Modern Akademie and Franz-Liszt Music Academy Weimar.
Recently, Elena Mendoza published a portrait CD of chamber music with the label Kairos in Vienna, in cooperation with musicadhoy (Madrid) and Deutschland Radio. For 2010, she has planned a CD of vocal music with Wergo, Deutschland Radio and Deutscher Musikrat.