Elena and I have been friends since our studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Life brought us even closer together last April when we moved to near-by towns and gave birth to Leo and Zoe two days apart in the same hospital.  We were both brought up by professional musicians in Russia and hearing different instruments perform was a normal part of our lives. We wanted to find a way to give children a fun and balanced introduction to the world of music we were fortunate enough to enjoy from a young age.  Having little babies changes what one can do. Going to a classical concert with a baby or toddler is not an easy option. BeeMusic brings live music to babies and their carers without the need to sit still and be quiet. Over the course of the year children will encounter a range of musical instruments and know their voices and characters!

Elena Kiseleva

Russian pianist Elena Kiseleva has won several awards and performed extensively throughout Europe and Russia and has participated in the music festivals such as the Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival, ‘Encuentro de Música y Academia de Sanander’ in Spain and the ‘Moscow Autumn’ Festival in Russia.

In addition to her solo performances Elena regularly plays with chamber groups. She has performed with such musicians as Zakhar Bron, Felix Renggli and Sebastian Comberti. Together with cellist Tatiana Chernyshova in 2011 Elena has formed Chernyshova/Kiseleva duo, which is rapidly making a name for itself. Elena also composes and her work ‘Day Poem’ for flute and piano was recently published by P. Jurgenson Music Publishing House.

Elena moved to London in 2004 and in September 2006 she made her debut in the Queen Elizabeth Hall performing an assortment Preludes and Fugues by D. Shostakovich as part of the festival celebrating the 100th Anniversary of his birth. Elena recently completed her Masters of Arts degree in piano performance at the Royal Academy of Music (London) where she studied with Prof. Christopher Elton.

Elena Vorotko

Dr Elena Vorotko was born in Togliatti, Russia in 1980. She began piano lessons at the age of 4 with her mother, a celebrated piano pedagogue. While still a child Elena performed extensively in Russia and Europe and won several regional and international competitions. She came to London at 16 to study at The Purcell School of Music and later at The Royal Academy of Music.

Since then she has performed in Europe, the Americas and Japan as well as at leading concert halls in the UK. Her debut at the Purcell Room was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and won her critical acclaim. Her vocal compositions have won prizes and were recorded by BBC Radio. Elena has 12 years of teaching experience with pupils aged 3 to 23.

A prizewinner at the XV J. S. Bach International Competition in Leipzig, Elena completed a Doctorate in the music of Bach at the London University in 2010. She is now an artistic director of The Keyboard Charitable Trust for young professional musicians and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music.

Elena is now enjoying married life in Beaconsfield with two small children.