Elvira Garifzyanova was born into a family of professional musicians. She studied in Russia, Germany and Switzerland under such professors as Irina Dubinina - piano (a former pupil of Yakov Zak and Lev Oborin), composition under Michael Jarrell, Isabel Mundry, Gerhard Müller-Hornbach, Alexander Rudenko and electronic music under Gerald Bennett, Eric Daubresse and Luis Naon. In 2012 she completed a year training course in musical informatics at the IRCAM in Paris. She has attended master classes headed by Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachenmann, Hanz Zender, André Richard (interpretation and performance practice with electronics), Mauro Lanza, Denis Smalley, Philippe Manoury, Peter Eötvos, Beat Furrer, Chaya Czernowin, Rebecca Saunders, Philippe Leroux.
She collaborated with Lyon contemporary dance of the 'département danse du Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse' under the direction of Anne Martin (France), the South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart (Germany) under the direction of Manfred Trojahn, the 'Berner Symphonieorchestra' (CH), 'Musikkollegium Winterthur' (CH) under the direction of Arthur Fagen; with musicians of the 'Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich' (CH), the ensemble 'Les Cornets Noirs', Basel (CH); with Hilliard-Ensemble (UK), vocal ensemble 'Homme Armé' (Italy); with Antonio Politano (Paetzold recorders), ensemble 'Prime' (CH) under the direction
Several of her activities have been recorded by Radio SWR (Germany) and Swiss Radio DRS-2.
Her compositions have been performed at such international festivals as the 20th International New Music Festival 'Sound Ways' in St.-Petersburg (Russia), 'Antifonia-40 Festival' in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), 'Next generation 4.0 Kommunikation Festival' in ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany), 'Archipel Festival' in Geneva (CH), 'Inaudita Early Music Tuscan Festival' Pisa (Italy), 'CEME Festival' Tel-Aviv (Israel), 'Mixtur Festival' Barcelona (Spain), Music Biennale Zagreb (Croatia), 'The Russian Culture Days' 2017 in Freiburg (Germany), 4-th Saarbrücker Days for electroacoustic and visual Music - 'EviMus' (Germany). She is included in the BabelScores (France), SME (Swiss Music Edition), MICA-Music Information Center Austria - music database.