Elvira Misbakhova received her Ph.D. in music performance from the Universite de Montreal in 2005. She was the recipient of an FRQSC award, as well as the faculty’s prestigious FESP bursary of excellence.
Ms. Misbakhova began her violin training at the age of seven in her native Tatarstan, Russia. She then attended the Kazan State Conservatory, where she was assistant principal violist for the La Primavera Chamber Orchestra. In 1999, she arrived in Montreal to study with Eleonora Turovsky, becoming principal violist for the Orchestre Symphonique de l’Universite de Montreal and was the winner of the orchestra’s concerto competition.
She continued to acquire orchestral experience performing as principal violist for ensembles such as the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan, the Bach Academie Symphony Orchestra in Germany, and the Orchestre de la Francophonie in Quebec.
Ms. Misbakhova is currently assistant principal violist of the Orchestre Metropolitain under Yannick Nezet-Seguin, an ensemble with whom she has recorded for Deutsche- Grammophone. She also holds the assistant principal viola position in both the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois- Rivieres, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil.
As a soloist, she has performed with the Orchestre Metropolitain, the Drummondville Symphony Orchestra, “Nouvelle Generation” chamber orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, and the Orchestre Interculturel de Montreal, with whom she premiered Boris Pigovat’s “Holocaust Requiem”. She has returned numerous times to Russia, performing with La Primavera Orchestra and the Tatarstan State Symphony Orchestra, and continues to travel to give masterclasses and workshops.
She is presently working on several chamber music projects. Her last recording on Chandos Records got high acclaim by such magazines as “The Strad”, “Gramophone”, “Classical Source”, “The MusicWeb” and others.
Elvira Misbakhova performs on 1979 Ferdinando Garimberti viola and Jean Joseph Martin bow generously loaned by the Canimex Foundation.