Elena Ilyinskaya, born in 1993
November 2003: 3rd prize at the 2nd Russian Rotary Children Music Competition
Elena is half-orphan and came to Moscow with her mother from Bratsk in Siberia. She had no shelter in Moscow and was playing in metro stations and underground passages for living. Rotary Club Moscow International awarded Elena scholarship of 300 US$ per month in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 which has enabled her to rent appartement and to attend the Central Music School of the State Chaikovsky Conservatory, where she is making great progress.