Born in 1963 in Ufa, Bashkortostan. She graduated from the Kazan State Conservatory in 1988, where she studied in Natalia Fomina’s class – a former student of Heinrich Neuhaus. In 1995 she graduated from the University of Daugavpils with a Master’s degree in piano teaching methodology. Since 1990 she has taught piano to hundreds of students. As of 2012 she is Deputy Director of Staņislavs Broks Daugavpils Music Secondary School. Together with her colleagues she organizes international music festivals and competitions. Her students continue their studies and work in various cities around the globe as recognized musicians. Elina often conducts public solo performances, as well as plays with orchestra and ensembles in Latgale region, Riga and Lithuania. She is a permanent member of the jury in various international and regional music competitions.