elvira misbakhova, viola

Hometown: Nizhnekamsk, Russia
Currently based in Montreal, Canada

DMUS Doctorate of Music, University of Montreal (2005)
MMUS Master of Music, University of Montreal (2001)
Diploma, Kazan State Conservatory (1999)

Musical projects: KleztoryNew Generation Chamber Orchestra

Born in Russia, Elvira Misbakhova began studying violin at the age of seven. In 1994, she entered the Kazan State Conservatory where she took up the viola, which was to become her principal instrument. For three years she was the assistant principal violist of the Kazan State Chamber Orchestra “La Primavera”.

In 1999, Elvira came to Canada to pursue her Master’s degree at the University of Montreal, and subsequently to complete her Doctorate in Interpretation, both under the direction of Eleonora Turovsky. During the course of her musical studies she won the Concerto Competition, and appeared as a soloist with the University of Montreal Orchestra in October 2001.

In 2002, Elvira had the honor of participating at both the prestigious Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and the world-renowned Bachacademie festival in Stuttgart, Germany.

Currently pursuing a career as soloist, chamber music and orchestra musician, Elvira has performed many times in Russia as a soloist (with Kazan State symphony orchestra and “La Primavera” chamber orchestra), and has had several solo performances with I Musici de Montreal and Orford Camerata chamber orchestra. In July 2012, she won an audition for assistant principal viola in Metropolitain Orchestra of Montreal, as well as assistant principal viola in the Longueuil Symphony Orchestra.

Another passion of Elvira’s is East European Jewish Music, and she became violinist of the Klezmer ensemble Kleztory in 2001. Her playing, at times impetuous and emotive, is recognized as one of the group’s great strengths. As a member of Kleztory, Elvira has made solo appearances in front of such orchestras as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitain Orchestra, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Laval Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, Les Violons du Roy, McGill Chamber Orchestra, and Thirteen Strings. The group tours regularly, not only in Canada, but also in the United States, China, Mexico, Brasil and Belgium. In October 2012, Kleztory was chosen to participate in the International Klezmer Music Competition in Amsterdam, where they won Fourth Prize.