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Elena Bashkirova


Born in Moscow, pianist Elena Bashkirova comes from a musical family. Her father is the celebrated pianist and teacher Dmitri Bashkirov, and she became a student in his master class at the Moscow Conservatory.
Ms. Bashkirova is a regular guest with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Munich Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, the Houston Symphony and the Chicago Symphony. Her collaborations with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich and Pierre Boulez in Chicago had a special influence on her artistic development. Other conductors with whom she has worked include Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Semyon Bychkov, James Conlon, Lawrence Foster, Claus Peter Flor, David Robertson and Michael Gielen.

Chamber music has consistently been an important part of Elena Bashkirova’s musical life. Her partnership with Gidon Kremer has included duo-recitals at all of the major international festivals and a series of recordings. Together with members of the Berlin Philharmonic she founded the Metropolis Ensemble Berlin. She is also a frequent guest artist with the Ensemble Wien-Berlin, with whom she performed on NPR’s “St. Paul Sunday” in 2001.

In 1998 Ms. Bashkirova established the first international chamber music festival in Jerusalem. As its artistic director, she plans the annual chamber music concerts that take place each September. A special highlight of her 1999-2000 season was the world premiere of York Höller’s concerto for two pianos, “Widerspiel,” along with Brigitte Engerer and the Gürzenich Orchestra under the direction of James Conlon at the “Musiktriennale” Cologne.

Elena Bashkirova has recorded on video the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453, the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Brahms Piano Trios (with Maxim Vengerov and Boris Pergamenshikov).
November 2001
Elena Bashkirova