Elena Gurchenko

In the choir since 2019

Elena Gurchenko graduated from the Department of Music at the Pushkin Leningrad State University and the Music Department of the Faculty of Arts at Smolny Institute of the Russian Academy of Education. She has been the musicAeterna choir artist since 2019. Since 2020 she has performed as a soloist of the vocal ensemble musicAeterna4.

She was born in St. Petersburg. From the age of 6 she studied the domra, but at the age of 7 she transferred to the piano department. As a teenager, she manifested a passion for academic vocal and choral art. Having graduated from music school, she began singing in the Cantus ensemble with a wide repertoire from sacred music to jazz.

She gained tremendous experience in choral and solo performance in 2004–2014, working in the Studium Youth Choir under the direction of Irina Semenkova. From 2016 to 2019 she performed as a member of the State Chamber Choir “Petersburg Serenades”.

Since 2006, he has been practising academic solo vocals: “My teachers were the soloists of the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, wonderful singers and wonderful people who shared their experience and a perfect training with me, and I am very grateful to them for the unforgettable moments of creative revelation and self-belief.”

musicAeterna choir events


Andreas Moustoukis (b. 1971)
“Liturgy of St. Leontius” for mixed choir (2021)

Im Äther for mixed choir, 4 double basses, electronics, percussion and the ondes Martenot (2023, world premiere)

musicAeterna Choir and Orchestra Soloists

Conductor Vitaly Polonsky

MusicAeterna resident composer Andreas Moustoukis presents the result of his two-year work at Dom Radio. Together with the “Liturgy of St. Leontius”, fragments of which have been repeatedly heard in the concerts by the musicAeterna Choir, on June 6, the world premiere of his new composition – IM ÄTHER (“In Ether”) for mixed choir, 4 double basses, electronics, percussion and the ondes Martenot will take place. This is a micropolyphonic work based on the poems by Paul Celan interspersed with quotations from world cinema.

The author explains the essence of the new work as follows: “Im Äther (στον αιθέρα) is the need to breath out in the stratosphere were the gravitation is low and all the time is becoming one and a single moment of a crystal silence. The past, the present and the future stop to exist between then and now in a violent and compensating ‘why’, they just exist timelessly in the cosmic black as if they were small red shining dots of love, the tears of eternity.”

Photo: Selena Zhigulskaya