Ellen Ugelvik concentrates on discovering and performing new works by contemporary composers. Ugelvik works as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, USA and Asia. She has been invited to festivals such as Donaueschinger Musiktage, Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Tasten – Berliner Klaviertage, Huddersfield contemporary music festival, Ultraschall, Tzlil Meudcan, Gaudeamus, Kammer Klang, Musikhøst, Rainy Days, De Suite Muziekweek, Angelica Festival, Kwadrofonik Festival, Nordic Music Days, Musik der Jahrhunderte; Südseite Nachts, Monday Evening Concerts, Risør festival of chamber music, Ultima contemporary music festival, Borealis, Happy Days and Ilios. 

She collaborates with composers like Helmut Lachenmann, Carola Bauckholdt, George Crumb, Simon Steen-Andersen, Mathias Spahlinger, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Michael Finnissy, Clemens Gadenstätter, Dai Fujikura, Magne Hegdal, Therese Birkelund Ulvo, Trond Reinholdtsen, Christian Blom, Bente Leiknes Thorsen and Øyvind Torvund.

Her commitment to contemporary music is widely recognised. She was recently acclaimed 'Performer of the year 2016' by The Norwegian Society of Composers'. In 2008 she received a state grant for performing artists, one of the most coveted awards in Norway. Ugelvik is now finishing a research project at the Norwegian State Academy of Music focusing on the soloist's role in contemporary piano concerti. The project contained premieres of five new pianoconcerti in the period 2013-2016. The first concerto was premiered at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2013. 

She has performed as a soloist with the most important orchestras and ensembles in Norway such as Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Oslo Sinfonietta and Risør Chamber Orchestra. She is a member of the ensembles asamisimasa, Jagerflygel and Polygon.

Her first solo album was rewarded with the Norwegian Grammy in 2008. She also won two Norwegian Grammies with her ensemble asamisimasa; in 2012 for the album ”Pretty sound” with music by Simon Steen-Andersen and in 2015 for "asamisimasa plays the music by Øyvind Torvund". In 2016 her fourth solo album with music by Magne Hegdal was released. 

Ugelvik has studied with Håkon Austbø at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Steffen Schleiermacher at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Leipzig and Einar Røttingen at the Grieg Academy in Bergen.