A native of Moscow and a graduate of at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she studied with her father, celebrated pianist and teacher Dmitri Bashkirov. The various facets of her creative activity – orchestral pieces, chamber music, recitals, song accompaniment and programing – are all equally important to Elena Bashkirova, and her experiences in each area provide a constant source of inspiration for her work in the others. She is a regular guest with renowned 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 Celibidache, Boulez, Mehta, Dohnányi, Eschenbach, Frühbeck de Burgos and Gielen. Besides the Classical and Romantic repertoire, Bashkirova is an advocate of Contemporary music and has participated in several world premieres. In 1998, Elena Bashkirova founded the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, of which she is Artistic Director, together with its partner festival at the Berlin Jewish Museum. She participates in frequent tours to Europe and the USA with ensembles comprised of the Festival’s Internationally acclaimed artists. In 2018 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.