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• The Leningrad-born, Moscow-trained composer emerged in the 1970s as one of the most distinctive and imaginative Russian voices of her generation
• Her music reflects the influence of her mentor Denisov but transforms his expansive lyricism into something more personal, private and romantic
• Often sets the intimate and confessional poetry of Mandelstam, one of the greatest modern Russian poets, who died in the Stalinist camps in 1938
• Her orchestral works and concertos incline to delicate chamber-music textures and singing melodic lines
• Since the early 1990s Firsova has lived in the UK

Works by Elena Firsova include:
Piano Concerto (2020)
Night in Appen (2009/20) for orchestra
Secret Way (1992) for voice and orchestra
Das irdische Leben (1984) Cantata for soprano and chamber ensemble

Works by Elena Firsova are represented by Boosey & Hawkes/Sikorski for the United Kingdom, the British Commonwealth (excluding Canada), the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Israel.

Looking Ahead: CD Piano Concerto, Yefim Bronfman / Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest / Jakub Hruša (RCO Live 9733870734); 75th birthday in 2025

"The genre of the solo cantata is probably the most important for me. I have written cantatas on poems by Osip Mandelstam at regular intervals all my life, and every time it gives me a very strong creative impulse which even acts upon the next few compositions." — Elena Firsova

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