The Russian-Italian soprano ELENA BAKANOVA graduated from the Conservatory of Music in Milan, Italy, and continued her studies with the great soprano Renata Scotto at the S. Cecilia Academy in Rome.
In 2006 she was a prizewinner in the "As.li.co Competition" and in 2007 she won the competition of the “Opéra National du Rhin de Strasbourg” in France.
She has performed in the most prestigious international concert halls, including the Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Lyon, Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Strasbourg, Teatro Verdi in Florence, and the Hermitage in St Petersburg, as well as concert halls in Nice, Monte-Carlo, Bilbao, Copenhagen, Bologna, Cape Town and Buenos Aires.
Her opera appearances include parts from Rigoletto (Verdi), Carmen (Bizet), La Bohème (Puccini), Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), La belle Helene (Offenbach) and Iolanta (Tchaikovsky).
Bakanova recently recorded a CD for the famous magazine "Amadeus".
The russian pianist, IVAN KOZHEVNIKOV, was born in 1997 to a family of professional musicians.
He began studying the piano at the age of four, and his talent was immediately recognized. In 2013, he graduated from Magnitogorsk State Conservatory and continued his education with Professor T.G. Titova in the Moscow State College “Frederick Chopin”.
During his studies, he won multiple awards from a variety of competitions and festivals. In 2010, Ivan received second prize from the Chelyabinsk Competition for Young Pianists, and in 2011 he was awarded first prize from Magnitogorsk Music Festival. He is also a laureate of the second prize in 2011 from the All-Russian Competition for Pianists and Accompanists in Chelyabinsk, and from the 3rd International Festival in Magnitogorsk, 2012.
He has participated multiple times in masterclasses given by the renowned Russian pianists V.V. Pyasetsky and A.G. Sevidov.
In August 2014, he became the winner of the special jury prize for best accompanist at the 10th International Competition “The Singing World” in Saint Petersburg. In 2015, Ivan performed a solo recital during the International Festival “Luoghi Immaginnari” in Turin, Italy.
Since then, he is regularly touring Europe and Russia with soprano Elena Bakalova