Ellen Bridges was born in Moscow, Russia. Her professional training began in Moscow studying Piano, Solfege, Choir, Composition and Music Literature. She played as a soloist with the Orchestra of the music school, and in 1969 she graduated and began studying in the College of the Moscow Conservatory - Pyotr Il'yic Tchaikovsky. In college, Ms. Bridges continued her study of piano and composition under Alexander Perumov.
In 1970 she was awarded 3rd Premium in a composer competition, and in 1973 she graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music-Piano and Music Education. After graduation, she began teaching piano at the Music School of Moscow. In 1974, while teaching, she entered the Moscow University of the Arts and completed 2 years of study in Art History, Philosophy, and Aesthetics. In 1993 she came to the United States and has continued teaching privately including teaching at the Suzuki Academy beginning in 2009.