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.
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. She toured Germany for a series of chamber music concerts with her son Daniel Khalikov, a violinist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and her brother, Anton Jivaev, a violist in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
With her husband, Andrey Khokhlov, she is deeply engaged in the music education of very young children. Ms. Jivaeva joined the Curtis Institute of Music as staff pianist in 2001.