Russian soprano Elena Kononenko was born in Minsk. Also a trained pianist, she studied voice at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, and attended master classes directed by Francisco Araiza, Bruno Pola, Virginia Zeani,Grace Bumbry and Adriana Stamenova Porta .
Between 2001 and 2003, she sang two principal roles at the Bolschoi Theatre in Moscow, in operas by Rimsky-Korsakov: Marfa in The Tsar's Bride and the Queen of Schemachan in The Golden Cockerel. In 2000, Elena Kononenko performed with the celebrated tenor José Carreras in Moscow and St. Petersburg, under the baton of David Gimenez. She gave further successful performances at the Johann Strauss Festival in St. Petersburg under the auspices of the Mariinsky Theatre, with Roberto Alagna and Lubov Kazarnovskaya in Moscow (2003), and with Simon Estes in the House of Music in Moscow (2007). Until 2007, Kononenko was lyric coloratura soloist in the Moscow Chamber Opera under the direction of Boris Pokrowsky. Guest performances have taken her to major opera houses and concert halls worldwide, including Teatro Colón/Buenos Aires, Cairo Opera House, Oji Hall/Tokyo, Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, Milan Summer Festival, Teatro Regio/Turin, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Amsterdam, Paris, Strasbourg, Rome and Taipei. Also well-versed in the concert repertoire, Elena Kononenko has appeared in the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuri Simonow.