Born in Russia, Elena Nalimova, graduated from the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire with a First Class Honours Degree in Solo Performance. She came to the United Kingdom in 1997 after winning the Inches Carr Scholarship in accompaniment at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Elena completed her Masters degree in Solo Performance in 2000, and held the prestigious Geoffrey Parsons Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, London, in 2001-2003.
Elena has won several solo and accompaniment prizes, including the Megan Foster Accompanist Prize and the Gerald Moore Award. She took part in many Master classes with distinguished artists such as Natan Perelman, Dmitri Bashkirov, Dmitry Alexseev, Barry Douglas, Konrad Richter, Boris Berman, Martino Tirimo, Graham Johnson, Elly Ameling, Martin Isepp, Malcolm Martineau, Thomas Allen, Paul Hamburger, Sarah Walker, Jane Manning, Robert Holl, György Kurtág, and Anthony Marwood, and gave solo and chamber music recitals in the Glasunov and National Philharmonic Hall (St. Petersburg ), Pollock House (Glasgow), Art Gallery Hall ( Aberdeen ), Grand Saloon, Theatre Drury Lane , St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Royal Opera House’s Crush Room, St. James Piccadilly ( London ), Sheldonian Theatre ( Oxford), and many other concert venues throughout Russia and the UK.
Elena taught piano at the Junior Department of the RSAMD (Glasgow) and Ardingly College (Sussex) before joining the team of Piano Accompanists at the Chetham’s School of Music in 2009.
In addition to playing and teaching the piano, Elena is an enthusiastic scholar with a particular interest in pedagogical and performance aspects of the music by Galina Ustvolskaya