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Elena Denisova

Elena Denisova was born in Moscow and began music lessons at the age of four. She studied under two of David Oistrakh's favourite students, Valery Klimov and Oleg Kagan, and in 1990 she began a remarkable career which has led to collaborations with numerous famous orchestras, such as the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the Munich Symphoniker, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

She has performed as a soloist at countless festivals, for example the Carinthischer Sommer, the Flanders Music Festival, the Hörgänge and Klangbogen festivals in Vienna, the Ljubljana Festival, the Russian Winter festival in Moscow, the Concerti di Primavera in Parma, and many others. Elena Denisova has been artistic director of the Woerthersee Classics Festival since 2002.

Elena Denisova regards herself an ardent "ambassador of tonal magic" and this credo underlies and informs all of her interpretations of both the Classical and the Modern. Various contemporary composers have dedicated works to her and she has immortalised these in numerous recordings.

She won particular acclaim for her recording of Max Reger's Violin Concerto (ORF), performing Rudolf Kolisch's chamber music version of the work, in which the extremely complex solo violin part is joined with a lucid, transparent accompaniment. Similarly her recording "Wien um 1900" ["Vienna around 1900"] (Gramola) with works by Robert Fuchs and Alexander von Zemlinsky gained international praise and rave reviews, as did her chamber music version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, performed on four historical violins from the Baroque period. Her most recent CD, a recording of Haydn's violin sonatas – with her husband, the pianist and conductor Alexei Kornienko – features no less than eight world premieres (Gramola).

The violinist collaborates with Machold "Rare Violins" and Thomastik-Infeld strings, she is a jury member of numerous international violin competitions and she also teaches at the Austro American Institute in Vienna. She supports young violinists and regularly performs at benefit concerts, for example in support of pulmonary hypertension sufferers.