Elena Jivaeva, a pianist of Russian descent, is a graduate of the Tashkent State Conservatory in Uzbekistan. For fifteen years she was principal piano of the Uzbek TV and Radio Orchestra and was actively engaged in folk music ensembles and vocal groups, frequently participating in international concert tours. She continued her career as a concert pianist in the United States after moving to Pittsburgh in 2000, performing in various chamber music settings at Duquesne University.
She moved to Philadelphia in 2001, and, as a staff pianist at the Curtis Institute of Music, frequently performs with students in master classes with well-known artists such as Midori, Joseph Alessi, Kim Kashkashian, Anthony McGill, Paul Neubauer, and many others.
With violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen, Ms. Jivaeva has taken part in the Kimmel Center's Summer Solstice Celebration, and she toured Germany for a series of chamber music concerts with her son Daniel Khalikov, a Metropolitan Opera Orchestra violinist, and brother, Anton Jivaev, principal viola of the North Carolina Symphony.
An enthusiastic participant in unusual projects incorporating modern music, dance, and theater, she was the featured piano soloist in the recording and presentation Rachmaninoff and Scriabin created by Dr. Emanuel Garcia (2002), the opera-ballet To Ashes, and Gandhi's Dream featuring Pamela Whitman (2008).
In addition to her active performing schedule, she is closely involved in music education of very young children, implementing her own innovative program, which can be found by clicking on the link below.
Ms. Jivaeva joined the Curtis Institute of Music as staff pianist in 2001.