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A Heritage of Culture and Creativity
Elena Gantchikova was born to a family with generations of ancestors to whom art, in all its manifestations, was central. The people in her family, including those from different countries, were united by their love for theatre, music, painting, and for travelling throughout the world.

Elena’s mother was Victoria Mathiessen–Gantchikova, the solo violoncellist, musicologist and journalist, a pupil of the famed Mstislav Rostropovich. Elena’s profound interests in music, painting , literature, poetry, aesthetics, history and philosophy were awakened in her by her mother Victoria.

Elena’s mother was her first music teacher and later regularly shepherded Elena to her lessons, rehearsals and concerts, and also to various museums, theatres and picture galleries.
All this stimulated and developed Elena’s artistic taste and creativity.

Elena’s father, Valery Gantchikov, had a background in quantitative sciences and engineering; as well as in competitive sports. He obtained aPhD in Technical Science and held international positions in construction engineering. During his youth, Elena’s father was a track and field sport decathlete.

Her father beneficially influenced Elena’s studies of chemistry, mathematics, and physics—extending to her passion for synthesized acoustics as an adult.

From the beginning, though, Elena was dominantly interested in music: “I always wanted to be a musician. My parents enjoyed music and in our house it was played and heard constantly there. My father was a fan of jazz and Brazilian samba, my mother acknowledged only classical music, and my nurse (while my family lived in Cuba for four years) played rhumbas and cha-chas, that I, a five year-old child, danced with her.”

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