Ellina was born in Ashgabat in 1983 into a family of architects. She took her first music lessons at six years old, playing the violin. When she was 12 the family moved to Moscow where Ellina studied at the Central Music School, where she decided to switch to the viola. She continued her studies at the Moscow Conservatoire, graduating in 2007. In 2009 Ellina moved to Budapest, having been deeply attracted to the Hungarian culture and language. She studied at the Ferenc Liszt Academy for two years.
During her time in Budapest she met and played with many wonderful musicians, including Gabor Takacs, who suggested she come to Switzerland. Ellina graduated from the Haute École de Genève in 2016 with a Master of Musical Interpretation as well as a Soloist Master, in the class of violist Ori Kam. She obtained her Master of Pedagogy from Kalaidos University in 2017, and specialises in the teaching of young children. Very active as a performing musician, Ellina has played as soloist with different orchestras in Switzerland, in many chamber music formations, and gives regular recitals with pianist Paul Coker.
In 2018 Ellina accepted the Solo viola position in the Orchestre de Chambre de Fribourg, and the substitute solo viola position in the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma. She is regularly invited by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.