Elena Bashkirova

Piano

"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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Biography

The pianist Elena Bashkirova once said, “Chamber music is music’s soul,” and this belief is evident in her work as a soloist, accompanist, ensemble musician, and program planner. Her approach to all aspects of music is one of empathetic collaboration and communication.

Among the highlights of the 2020/21 season for Bashkirova – subject of course to the uncertainties of the pandemic – are recitals in St. Petersburg, in the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie, and at the Ruhr Piano Festival. Song recitals with Georg Nigl and Martina Gedeck are planned in Munich, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, and at the Heidelberg Frühling festival. As a soloist, Elena Bashkirova will perform Mozart’s Concerto in G Major KV 453 and Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Odessa Philharmonic, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, and the Sofia Philharmonic. A South American tour is planned, as well as chamber music concerts in Paris, Geneva, and other cities with international soloists from the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival.
„...to see once more how sounds turn into higher words.”Eleonore Büning, June 2018
Bashkirova comes from a Russian musical dynasty going back generations. Born in Moscow, she began her studies at the age of 15 in the class of her father, the legendary piano pedagogue Dmitry Bashkirov. Together with violinist Gidon Kremer, with whom she has often performed as a duo and has made a number of recordings, Elena Bashkirova left the Soviet Union in 1978 and moved to Paris. She has been influenced by her work with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sergiu Celibidache, and Michael Gielen. Since 1992, she has lived in Berlin with her husband, Daniel Barenboim.

Bashkirova is Artistic Director of the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, which she founded in 1998. The festival takes place each year in September and has become a pillar of Israel’s cultural life, bringing together outstanding soloists from around the world. In addition, the widely acclaimed Intonations Festival has taken place in April of each year since 2012 in Berlin’s Jewish Museum. Together with musicians from these festivals, Elena Bashkirova performs regularly in the world’s most important chamber music series, including summer festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, and the Beethovenfest in Bonn. Numerous recordings document the highlights of programs conceived by Bashkirova for various chamber music groupings.

The repertoire for piano and voice is of particular importance to Bashkirova. The list of singers with whom she performs as a duo includes Anna Netrebko, Olga Peretyatko, Dorothea Röschmann, René Pape, and Robert Holl.

Bashkirova’s recording of two Tchaikovsky cycles, “The Seasons” and “Album for Children”, received the ICMA award in the category “solo instrument” in 2017. Her complete recording of Antonin Dvorak’s “Poetic Tone Pictures” op. 85 was released in October 2020.

In 2018, Elena Bashkirova received the Ruhr Piano Festival Prize and was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She was recently named conductor Kurt Masur’s successor as President of the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Foundation in Leipzig.

2020 / 2021
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Programme

2022 / 2023
Solo

Mozart: Fantasy in D minor, K 397
Mozart: Rondo in D major, K 485
Mozart: Variations for Cembalo in A major, K App. 137

Mozart: Piano Sonata in B-flat major, K 333
Mozart: Fantasy in C minor, K 475
Mozart: Sonata in C minor, K 457

Lied Recital
with Olga Peretyatko (Soprano)

Glinka: A Selection of Songs
Prokofiev: Five Songs on Poems by Anna Akhmatowa, Op. 27
Rachmaninov: Four Songs
Shostakovich: Seven Romances on poems by Alexander Blok, Op. 127

Art Song & Ensemble
with Georg Nigl (Baritone) & Martina Gedeck (Recitation)

“The longer the better.” – Songs and couplets from Schubert to Eisler, from Goethe to Brecht

Without music, Friedrich Nietzsche said, life would be a mistake. As facilitators of life, poets and composers have been capturing moments of existence with all their horrors and abysses in their works since time immemorial and have designed counter-worlds to the real existing world in order to catch a glimpse of the paradise from which people were once driven with the magic of art.

With the songs, texts and couplets selected here, the poets and composers did not want to avert their gaze from the arduous present and burdened past, even if the so-called ‘beautiful’ passages of the compositions often hint at artificial paradises that transcend the earthly fate of human beings.

Chamber Music
with Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival Ensemble

Klein: Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello (1944 / Concentration Camp Theresienstadt)

Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114
Bartók: “Contrasts” for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111
Schumann: Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 47

2021 / 2022

Schedule

15.09.2021
18:30 Uhr
GE / Tsinandali Festival
Elena Bashkirova, Thomas Hampson
16.09.2021
12:00 Uhr
GE / Tsinandali Festival
Elena Bashkirova, Alexander Ramm, Marc Bouchkov, Blythe Teh Engstroem
18.09.2021
DE / Ammersee
Elena Bashkirova, Juri Gilbo, Kammerorch. des Nationalorch. Prag
23.09.2021
20:00 Uhr
DE / Ruhrgebiet
Elena Bashkirova, Michael Barenboim
24.09.2021
20:00 Uhr
DE / Ruhrgebiet
Elena Bashkirova, Michael Barenboim
01.10.2021
20:00 Uhr
BGR / Ruse
Elena Bashkirova, Romanian Youth Orchestra, TBC

Discography

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

Contact

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