21.05.2011 17.Ijar, 5771 Bechukotai; Tag 32 des Omer
Prolific pianist Elena Bashkirova performs in concert with the New Haifa Symphony.
Although music is now her life, in her early days concert pianist Elena Bashkirova was not sure that it was going to happen. Living in Berlin with husband Daniel Barenboim, she was born in Moscow, the daughter of prominent pianist and teacher Dmitri Bashkirov and a mother who was a violinist, she was drawn to the theater. ”I thought perhaps I should become an actress or a stage director,” she recollects in a phone interview from her Berlin home. But she studied piano from an early age, and although she was formally her father’s student for only three years, she believes that it was he who influenced her most.
In Israel, pianist Bashkirova is associated mainly with the annual Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, which she founded in 1996 and has been directing ever since, despite the fact that she is an artist in her own right, who has performed here in the framework of her festival and with local orchestras….