Elena Bashkirova studied at Tchaikovsky Conservatory in her father’s (Dimitrij Bashkirov) master class, himself a famous pianist and teacher.
In 1998, Elena Bashkirova founded the International Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival. In her position as Artistic Director, she creates an annual chamber music event featuring international artists. Since its foundation, the festival has become an important part of Israel’s cultural life. In April 2012, a German partner festival was founded, located at the Jewish Museum Berlin.
The Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival's guest performances are thrusting it beyond Israel’s borders, including appearances in Berlin, Paris, London, Salzburg, Vienna, Lisbon, Budapest, Buenos Aires and Sao Paolo, as well as at internationally renowned summer festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Verbier Festival, the Rheingau Musik Festival, the George Enescu Festival in Bucarest, the Klavier Festival Ruhr or the Beethovenfest Bonn.
Elena Bashkirova handles the Classical and Romantic repertoire as well as the music of the 20th century. She regularly performs with famous orchestras and has long-standing working relationships with conductors like Semyon Bychkov, Lawrence Foster, Karl-Heiz Steffens or Ivor Bolton.
In season 2016/2017 Elena Bashkirova appears among others at the Berlin Philharmonic, with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Festival Strings Lucerne, the Württembergisches Chamber Orchestra, the National Polish Radio Orchestra and the Zagreb Philharmonics. Together with her trio partners, Michael Barenboim and Julian Steckel, she will be performing in Munich, Brussels, Paris, Zurich and Lucerne.