Elena Bashkirova


"Every pianist starts with an sound in their head. It doesn’t come from the fingers or the shoulders… But what’s also true is that very few people actually have access to an individual sound. Those are the people whom you want hear over and over again."
Elena Bashkirova, Piano News, January 2018
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The Moscow-born pianist Elena Bashkirova studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the masterclass led by her father, the renowned pianist and music teacher Dimitrij 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.

Elena Bashkirova explores classical and romantic repertoire as well as twentieth-century music; her work has been strongly influenced by collaborations and exchange with artists such as Pierre Boulez, Sergiu Celibidache, Christoph von Dohnányi and Michael Gielen. She enjoys long-standing partnerships with conductors such as Lawrence Foster, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Ivor Bolton, Manfred Honeck and Antonello Manacorda.
„...to see once more how sounds turn into higher words.”Eleonore Büning, June 2018
Her 2016 recording of Tchaikovsky’s “The Seasons, op. 37b” and “Album for the Young, op. 39” received the ICMA Award in the Solo Instrument category. In addition to her solo programmes, she is very passionate about vocal music and accompanies artists such as Matthias Goerne, René Pape, Robert Holl, Dorothea Röschmann and Anna Netrebko.

Twenty years ago, Elena Bashkirova founded the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, an event taking place every year in September which she continues to lead as Artistic Director. The festival has become an important part of Israel’s cultural life. Since 2012, a partner festival has taken place every April at the Jewish Museum Berlin; this has also proved hugely popular.

Writing about her festival work, Julia Spinola observes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that it is the “combination of her musical enthusiasm and pragmatic inventiveness that makes Elena Bashkirova so compelling as an artist.”

Through guest performances of the “Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival Ensemble” at renowned chamber music series in Berlin, Paris, London, Salzburg, Vienna, Luxembourg, Lisbon, Budapest, Buenos Aires and São Paolo – as well as at international summer festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Verbier Festival, the Rheingau Musik Festival, the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, the Ruhr Piano Festival and the Bonn Beethovenfest – the festival’s reach extends far beyond the borders of Israel.

Elena Bashkirova is to perform as a soloist in the Philharmonie de Paris, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Berlin Philharmonie and in Toulouse, collaborating with the Dresden Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the NPRSO, Sofia Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, amongst others. Alongside her chamber music partners, she regularly appears in Geneva, Lisbon (Gulbenkian) and Paris (Philharmonie) and at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Musikverein in Vienna.

In 2018, Elena Bashkirova receives the Ruhr Piano Festival Prize and an honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

2018 / 2019
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2019 / 2020

Mozart: Fantasia for Piano in D minor, K 397
Mozart: Rondo for Piano in D major, K 485

Mozart: Variations pour le Clavecin in A major
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major, K 333

Dvorák: Excerpts from Poetic Tone Pictures, Op. 85 B. 161
Bartók: Piano Sonata, Sz 80

with Michael Barenboim (Violin/Viola)

Schubert: Sonatina in A minor for Violin and Piano
Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major
Bartók: Piano Sonata, Sz 80
or Dvorák: Excerpts from Poetic Tone Pictures, Op. 85 B. 161
Schubert: Arpeggione for Viola and Piano

Chamber Music
with Tel Aviv Wind Quintet

Beethoven: Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 16
Hindemith: Kleine Kammermusik, Op. 24 No. 2
Mozart: Adagio in C major and Rondo in C major, K 617 (arr. for Winds and Piano)
or Saint-Saëns: “Caprice sur les airs russes et danoises”
Mozart: Quintet in E-flat major, K 452

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18:00 Uhr
Halberstadt, DE / Ratssaal
Elena Bashkirova, Michael Barenboim
19:30 Uhr
Madrid, ES / Auditorio Nacional de Musica CNDM
Elena Bashkirova, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy
20:00 Uhr
Malta, MT / Robert Samut Hall
Elena Bashkirova
18:30 Uhr
Wien, AT / Musikverein
Elena Bashkirova, Ensemble Wien
20:00 Uhr
Remagen-Rolandseck, DE / Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck
Elena Bashkirova
20:30 Uhr
Paris, FR / Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Elena Bashkirova
18:00 Uhr
Hamm, DE / Gustav-Lübcke Museum
Elena Bashkirova
19:30 Uhr
Eisenach, DE / Wartburg
Elena Bashkirova, Michael Barenboim
20:00 Uhr
Jerusalem, IL / Henry Crown Symphony Hall
Elena Bashkirova, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Frédéric Chaslin


Tchaikovsky: Die Jahreszeiten, Kinderalbum
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Seasons, Op. 37
Children's Album, Op. 39


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Amihai Grosz (Viola), Marc Bouchkov (Violine), Elena Bashkirova (Piano)