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Elena Bashkirova (Piano)

Elena Bashkirova belongs to a family of musicians. She studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with her father, the famous pianist and music teacher Dimitri Bashkirov.

Elena Bashkirova is a regular guest with such well-known orchestras as the Munich Philharmonic, The Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, the Guerzenich Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of the NDR (Hamburg), the WDR (Cologne) and Berlin, the Halle Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Spanish National Orchestra Madrid, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Chicago, the Dallas, the Washington and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Conductors she has worked with are, among others, Sergiu Celibidache, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Rafael Fruehbeck de Burgos, Semyon Bychkow, James Conlon, Lawrence Foster, Claus Peter Flor, David Robertson and Michael Gielen.

In autumn 2006, Elena Bashkirova played very successful concerts as the soloist of Beethoven's piano concerto no. 4 together with the Duesseldorf Symphony Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lissabon.

In the season 2007-2008, she will work together as soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra Hamburg, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Zurich among others.

Besides the classical and romantic repertoire, Elena Bashkirova is an advocate of the 20th century music. She participated in several world premieres.

From the very beginning of her career she has intensively devoted herself to chamber music. Particular mention should be made of her partnership with Gidon Kremer, with whom she gave concerts as a duo-partner at all major international festivals, as well as making numerous recordings with him. She performs regularly with the Ensemble Wien-Berlin.

As an accompanist she is working together with famous singers such as Angela Denoke, Stella Doufexis, Robert Holl, Thomas Quasthoff and Andreas Schmidt.

In 1998 Elena Bashkirova founded the Jerusalem International chamber Music Festival. As its artistic director, she organizes a chamber music event which takes place annually in September with internationally acclaimed artists and sets off enthusiastic reactions not only in Israel but also abroad. Elena Bashkirova and the festival ensemble are touring in Europe and the USA with performances in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Paris, London, Vienna, Lissabon, Budapest and New York among other cities. Furthermore, they are regular guests of such famous international summer festivals like Lucerne, Rheingau, Menton, Bad Kissingen, Stresa and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

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