Elvira Misbakhova is renowned for her versatility: a passionate chamber musician, she is also a soloist and orchestral musician.

Elvira began her violin training at the tender age of seven in Tatarstan, Russia, her country of origin. After obtaining her Master’s degree from the Kazan State Conservatory, she pursued further studies in Canada in 1999 under the tutelage of Eleonora and Yuli Turovsky. Elvira earned an additional Master’s degree as well as a Ph.D. in musical performance from the University of Montreal in 2005. Throughout her studies, she received numerous scholarships of distinction and won the concerto competition.

Her distinguished career has led her to perform as a soloist with the Orchestre Métropolitain, I Musici de Montréal, the Drummondville Symphony Orchestra, the Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra, the Nouvelle Génération Chamber Orchestra, the State Chamber Orchestra of Belarus, the State Symphony Orchestra of Tatarstan, and La Primavera.

Ms. Misbakhova is currently the Principal Viola of the Orchestre Métropolitain under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In addition, she joined I Musici in June 2022. She is also Principal Viola of the Nouvelle Génération Chamber Orchestra and the Associate Principal Viola of the Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra.

Elvira’s exceptional career extends to the recording of numerous albums. In May 2022, she recorded an album with the London Symphony Orchestra under the prestigious Chandos label. She also recorded an album in October 2022 with I Musici as a featured soloist under the highly respected ATMA label. An album she recorded in 2019 with Chandos garnered significant acclaim from various publications, including The Strad, Gramophone, and The MusicWeb.

Bolstered by her remarkable achievements, Elvira discovered her talent for improvisation in 2000, along with a deep passion for klezmer music. She joined the celebrated Canadian group Kleztory, with whom she has performed for over twenty years alongside numerous renowned orchestras, touring the world and recording seven albums.

Ms. Misbakhova is the founder of several chamber music ensembles, and her mastery has led her to travel to teach and share her expertise through numerous workshops and masterclasses.

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