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 Celibidache, Boulez, Mehta, Dohnányi, Eschenbach, Frühbeck de Burgos and Gielen. Besides the classical and romantic repertoire, she is an advocate of twentieth-century music and has participated in several world premieres. In 1998, Elena Bashkirova founded the prestigious 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.
PHOTO Ⓒ Nikolaj Lund