Russian/dutch soprano Elnara Shafigullina born in Krasnodar and grew up in Chukotka, in the far North-East of Russia. At the age of 20 she moved to Saint-Petersburg, where she studied at the State University of Culture and Arts. She began to play the accordion when she was 9 years old at the music school, followed by high school/college and university. As an accordion player she participated in several bands from Saint Petersburg, playing in Russia and in Europe. But Elnara always had the dream of performing as a classical singer. Under the influence and lessons of the famous Russian classical singer Rimma Volkova (Mariinsky Theatre soloist) another side of her talent has cultivated: a strong voice.
Since 2008 Elnara lives in Holland. In 2013 she she graduates the Conservatory of Amsterdam under the guidance of Hein Meens and Pierre Mak.