Elena Gantchikova

(resident in France), composer, concert performer pianist, experienced professor. In 1988 she graduated from the High Academic School of Music of the Highest Moscow State Conservatory Tchaikovsky as concert performer and professor. She holds a PhD from EHESS (Paris) and conducted scientific research at the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel (Switzerland). Her method “Aesthetical education and personal growth in music” is the result of her experience teaching, solo and chamber music piano performance, and composition. She taught in Russia, Switzerland, Germany and Spain and since she has moved to France she has been training musicians also from Europe, Canada, China, Israel, South Korea and United States. She has performed over 30 concert programs spanning the whole history of piano music from Baroque, Classicism and Romanism to the contemporary music of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. As a composer, she has written over a hundred music pieces for instrumental and electro acoustic music. She is fluent in the academic technique of music writing, contemporary techniques (she was a student of Gérard Grisey at Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris and of Tristan Murail and Brian Ferneyhough at IRCAM) and new technologies (IRCAM, IMEB and a one year training program at the Technical University in Berlin).
Selected works: Judas Iscariot, by commission of the Imperial Russian Ballet; The ballet, movement N°2, by commission of the Academy of Arts of Berlin; Weeping, a composition commissioned by the museum of the Wall of Berlin; Guarnerius, a polyphonic track of the cello, recorded by Victoria Gantchikova-Mathiessen; The World of Andrey Voznesensky, commissioned by the festival Synthesis.
Awards: First prize of Highest Moscow State Conservatory Tchaikovsky for composition, piano, and high studies, 1999.