The pianist Elena Bashkirova once said: “Chamber music is the soul of music”, and this conviction is evident in her varied work as a soloist, accompanist, chamber musician and programme curator. Bashkirova’s approach is one of empathetic collaboration when performing and communicating music.
In 1998, Bashkirova founded the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, which she has organised as its Artistic Director every September since then. This chamber music festival, which brings together some of the most outstanding soloists from all over the world, has become a mainstay of cultural life in Israel. Since 2012, the Intonations Festival has also been held annually each April at the Jewish Museum in Berlin and has also attracted a great deal of attention. Together with the musicians of both festivals, Elena Bashkirova is a regular guest at the most important chamber music series in Europe and the rest of the world. In addition to her international tours, she performs at summer festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the Beethovenfest Bonn. Several recordings with various musical constellations serve to document the highlights of the concerts curated by Bashkirova.
Elena Bashkirova’s programme in Andermatt will feature her with her chamber music partners: the renowned musicians Karl-Heinz Steffens (clarinet), Michael Barenboim (violin), Yamen Saadi (violin), Gerard Caussé (viola), Sara Ferrandez (viola), Astrig Siranossian (cello), Ivan Karizna (cello) and Nabil Shehata (double bass). Together with Mojca Erdmann (soprano), Bashkirova and her fellow musicians will focus especially on the music of Mendelssohn in the second half of their evening concert. All these musicians have extensive international careers and have participated in either the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Intonations Festival in Berlin, or both.