elena lascoElena Lasco is a Russian pianist known for her mastery of both classical music and jazz. She entered Moscow’s Tchaikowsky School for musically gifted children in 1971 and completed her studies at the Conservatoire in 1981, achieving the highest standards. From 1981 to 1984 she studied song and jazz in the Musical Conservatory of Moscow, and from 1984 to 1989 took Master Classes in the famous Jazz Academy in the Gnesin Institute of Moscow. Until 1989 she had her own television program that was viewed by more than 200 million viewers. In Russia she was seen as a prodigy and she built up a sizeable number of fans. In 1989, one of the most outstanding composers of the world of modern music, Quincy Jones, stated in the Soviet magazine “Noveje Vremje” (New Times) that he considered Elena Lasco among the most interesting and talented Russian jazz musicians.

 

Between 1990-1999 she lived in Oslo (Norway) where she gave numerous concerts of classical music, pop and jazz. She has performed in the Royal Palace several times and has made numerous television appearances. In recent years, she has issued several discs and has worked extensively in the Scandinavian countries. Also she has performed jazz on Ukraine radio, and this has led to her own show on television. Last summer, she made a tour of northern Italy and at the moment she is preparing a new disc. Since 2000 she has been living in Spain, having performed at different venues all over the country. In May 2009, she performed at a Hispanic-Norwegian festival in L’Alfàs del Pi, Alicante, in addition to being invited to perform for Jens Stoltenberg, the Norwegian Prime Minister, at a dinner to commemorate his visit to the Costa Blanca. In October 2009 she made her London debut in the Conway Hall and also played a jam session in Pizza Express, one of London's top jazz venues.