A Russian child prodigy, Dr Elena Vorotko came to London at the age of sixteen to study on a full scholarship from the Pilkington Trust at The Purcell School of Music and later at The Royal Academy of Music. There she studied piano with Tatiana Sarkissova and Prof. Christopher Elton as well as harpsichord with Virginia Black and clavichord with Terence Charlston. Other formative influences were Alexander Satz, Malcolm Bilson, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Noretta Conci.
Elena has won the Alfred Brendel Award and the Harriet Cohen Bach Prize. In 2005, she was chosen by the Keyboard Trust to give recitals in the UK, Germany, Italy and in South and North America. In 2006, she won Third Prize at the XVth J. S. Bach International Competition in Leipzig. She has performed in leading concert halls in London, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St John’s Smith Square. Her debut in the Park Lane New Year Series 2006 at the Purcell Room was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and won her critical acclaim. Since then, Elena has made multiple appearances on BBC radio and television.
In 2010, she completed her PhD entitled ‘Realising Interpretative Traditions in J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier’ under the direction of Dr Roy Howat and Dr Neil Heyde at The Royal Academy of Music. She is now in demand as a demonstrator, performer and educator on historical instruments. She presents public lectures at the RAM Museum as an Honorary Research Fellow and works as an Artistic co-Director and a Trustee of the Keyboard Charitable Trust.