Russian/dutch soprano Elnara Muermans was born in Krasnodar and grew up in Chukotka, in the far North-East of Russia.
She began to play the accordion when she was 8 years old at the music school, followed by high school/college and University of Culture and Arts in Saint-Petersburg.
She studied by great masters of accordion art: Alexander Shkaev and Nina Dronova.
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.
Elnara began her vocal studies under the influence and lessons with the famous Russian classical singer Rimma Volkova - Mariinsky Theatre soloist (1967- 1993).
Now Elnara is living in Holland.
In 2015 she finalized her Master of Voice at the Conservatory of Amsterdam under the guidance of Pierre Mak.
She participated in several master-classes and worked with Edith Wiens, Nelly Miricioiu, William Matteuzzi, David Parry, Luca Gorla, Ira Siff, Annett Andriesen, Montserrat Caballé, and Mirella Freni.
In 2010, together with her sister Gulnara Shafigullina (soprano), Elnara recorded the CD "Gallery of russian songs".
Elnara performed in Germany, Russia, The Netherlands, Spain, Austria, France, Turkey and Italy. She sings in many languages : German, Italian, Russian, French, Spanish, English, Dutch, Tatar, Turkish, Ukrainian and also Hebrew!
Elnara is a versatile artist, who can work with any musical collective and helps to make the conductor’s and stage director’s most crazy dreams come true.
Together with multi-instrumentalist, composer and actor Yuri Ryadchenko (Ukraine /Turkey), Elnara works in the project "R.I.S.E." (russian instrumental & soprano explosion).