Elvira Misbakhova

An award-winning and excellent chamber musician, soloist and orchestra player, Elvira Misbakhova has mesmerized audiences with a soulful approach to playing that brings each musical set to life. Defined as “beatific and understated...” (MusicWeb International), her innate talent is visible in every note she plays and has led her to flourish as an all-rounded and distinguished musician. From performing pieces and improvising her own, to teaching masterclasses , founding several chamber music ensembles in Montreal and recording her own albums, Elvira has pursued all the opportunities a musician’s career has to offer and made her mark.

Her mastery as a soloist has seen her perform with several orchestras, such as Orchestre Métropolitain, I Musici de Montréal, Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra, Drummondville Symphony Orchestra, the Belarusian State Chamber Orchestra, the Tatarstan State Symphony Orchestra and chamber orchestra La Primavera. Flawless in her live performances, Elvira thrived in the studio as well, where she has recorded numerous albums. In May 2022, she recorded an album with the London Symphony Orchestra with the prestigious label Chandos. Elvira also recorded an album in October 2022 as a soloist with I Musici de Montréal under the remarkable ATMA label. Another album recorded with Chandos in 2019 has received critical acclaim from various newspapers, such as The Strad, Gramophone and The MusicWeb.

She is currently the Principal Viola of the Orchestre Métropolitain under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and she joined I Musici de Montréal in June 2022.

Her journey to becoming a renowned and sought-after viola soloist in Canada began in her native Tatarstan in Russia, where she attended violin classes at the age of seven. After obtaining her master’s degree from the Kazan State Conservatory, she moved to Canada to continue her studies and earned another master’s degree and a PhD in Music Performance from the University of Montreal in 2005. Her talent shone through even as a student and was recognized by the multiple awards she received and her win at a concerto competition.