Elisaveta Blumina (Pianist)
German pianist Elisaveta Blumina, an Echo Klassik prizewinner and Artistic Director of the Hamburg International Chamber Music Festival, is one of the outstanding musicians of the younger generation who, uninfluenced by any cult of stardom, prefer to follow their own path. Yet her musical career began at the same time as her great passion for ballet.
While still a child in St. Petersburg, she was accepted at the renowned Vaganova ballet academy and was resolved to become a ballerina. But on her doctor’s recommendation, who predicted her future height, she was advised to return to the Special Musical School
She began her training at the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, where she studied piano, chamber music, and vocal accompaniment. She later continued her studies at the University of Music and Theater Hamburg and the Bern Conservatory. Her teachers included such major international musical figures as Evgeni Koroliov Sir András Schiff, Radu Lupu, and Bruno Canino. Blumina achieved international recognition with performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Beethovenhalle Bonn, and National Concert Hall Dublin.
She is one of the leading interpreters of music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her recordings of the works of Polish-Jewish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg have won particular international acclaim as Blumina has devoted herself tirelessly to rediscovering his legacy. A series of CDs featuring Weinberg’s piano and chamber music works is currently in preparation. In addition, she records Soviet and modern Russian repertoire. As a highly sought-after chamber musician—as testified by 27 CD releases to date—her partners include many renowned soloists and ensembles. She is one of the founding members of the Blumina Ensemble. Joined by Blumina to form a quintet,
Berlin’s Clair-Obscur Saxophone Quartet presents concerts with the title “Blu(e)mina.”
In addition, she is the regular piano partner of the Staatskapelle Berlin Wind Quintet and a popular and regular guest at international festivals, including those in Verbier and Schleswig-Holstein; she was also invited by Gidon Kremer to perform in Lockenhaus and to teach at the Kronberg Academy