St Saviour's Church
London SW3 1SA
England Registered Charity no: 1134650
Elena was born in Togliatti, Russia in 1980. Her mother early recognised her
talents and already at nine Elena started her career by winning several regional
competitions, performing at international festivals in Russia, Germany and Spain. She also
studied at the Central Music School with Natalia Fish in N. –Novgorod, Russia, with Tatiana
Sarkissova at The Purcell School of Music, London and with Prof. C. Elton at The Royal Academy
of Music, London. Elena has also participated in master classes with Boris Berman, Alexander
Satz, Kenneth Gilbert, Vladimir Krainev, Malcolm Bilson, Pierre-Lauren Aimard and Menahem
Elena won her international recognition through success at numerous International
Competitions and Festivals throughout Europe, Russia, South Africa and Japan. She was
awarded among others, Alfred Brendel Award, RBCA grant, MBF Music Education Award, ORSAS,
Pilkington Hope Scholarship, Harriet Cohen Bach Prize and Doris Starke Award. She was also
included in the ‘New Names’, ‘Spivakov’ and ‘Krainev’ Charitable Foundations for young
talents. One of the highlights of her carrier was the performance for HRH Prince Charles.
Elena has been studying harpsichord with Virginia Black since 2003 and had her debut in this
role at the Peter Maxwell-Davies Festival in London. She is also a composer, studied with Ruth
Byrchmore at RAM, and her vocal works have won first prize at an international competition in
Moscow. Her choral piece Sancte Pater Benedicte was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in August 2004.
Recently Elena was chosen by the Keyboard Trust to give recitals in UK, Germany, Italy and the US.
Having completed her BMus degree with 1st class Honours and the MMus, she is now doing her PhD on
keyboard music of J.S. Bach. Although Elena’s prime interest is in the Baroque music, Elena has a
wide-ranging repertoire that includes twentieth century music as well as specially commissioned
works by living composers.