Elena Bashkirova – artistic director/piano
Elena Bashkirova studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with her father, the celebrated pianist and teacher, Dmitri Bashkirov. She is a regular guest with well-known orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, NDR Hamburg, DSO Berlin, the Vienna Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, the IPO and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductors she has worked with include Sergiu Celibidache, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, David Robertson and Michael Gielen. Besides the classical and romantic repertoire, she is an advocate of 20th century music and has participated in several world premieres. She also intensively devotes herself to chamber music and to accompanying great singers. In 1998, Elena Bashkirova founded the prestigious Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival of which she is Artistic Director. She participates in frequent tours to Europe and the USA with ensembles comprised of the Festival’s internationally acclaimed artists.