Elena Bashkirova

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Elena Dmitrievna Bashkirova (Russian: Елена Дмитриевна Башкирова; born 1958) is a Russian-born Israeli pianist and musical director.

Bashkirova was born in Moscow, the daughter of pianist and teacher Dimitri Bashkirov. She studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She founded the Metropolis Ensemble in Berlin, and in 1998, established the Jerusalem International Festival of Chamber Music, where she serves as artistic director.[1]

Bashkirova has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Gidon Kremer.[2] In 1988, she married conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim.[3] Bashkirova and Barenboim had met in the early 1980s, while Barenboim was still married to Jacqueline du Pré. During the last years of du Pré's life, Barenboim and Bashkirova lived together in Paris.[4] The couple have two sons, David Arthur Barenboim (born in 1982), a manager-writer for hip-hop bands, and Michael Barenboim (born in 1985), a classical violinist.[5]


  1. ^ Allan Kozinn (3 March 2006). "Keeping a Fall Festival Alive the Whole Year-Round". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  2. ^ Ted Shen (10 January 2002). "Elena Bashkirova". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  3. ^ Frei, Marco (4 April 2019). "Ein Musikfestival soll nicht nur Kultur nach Jerusalem bringen – sondern auch tolerantes Denken und Solidarität". Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). Zürich. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  4. ^ Stephen Moss (22 October 1999). "Daniel in the lion's den". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  5. ^ Aditya Chakrabortty (16 August 2016). "Daniel Barenboim on ageing, mistakes and why Israel and Iran are twin brothers". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2021.