In 1999 the Choir was very fortunate in persuading Eleonora Babitsky to be our Accompanist. Born in the Soviet Union, at a very young age Eleonora was recognised as an outstanding musical prospect. After 6 years at the Gnessin High School of Music for gifted children, Moscow. Eleonora’s studies continued at the Gnessin Music institute where she became piano assistant, a post she held till 1991. She was a regular performer with the Soviet State Philharmonic Society, specialising in chamber music and for 5 years was accompanist for Soviet Radio.
From 1991 –1995, she was engaged by the Hochshule Fur Musik, Munich. In much demand as a master class accompanist for string players, Eleonora has played for Igor Oistrakh, Daniel Shafran, Vladimir Spivakov, Michael Flaxman and many other distinguished musicians in Russia, Austria, France, Czechoslovakia, Italy and Germany.
On three occasions – Russian Music Competition, Soviet Music Competition and International Tchaikovsky Competition – Eleonora was awarded the Diploma for best accompanist. In 2010 Eleonora instigated a memorable visit to Radcliffe from a ladies choir “Anima” from the Gnessen Music Institute.