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Elina Vähälä has appeared with orchestras throughout Europe and the US and toured extensively in UK, Germany, China, Korea and South America. She has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Carlos Kalmar, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Okko Kamu, Jakob Hrusa, Thierry Fischer and Leif Sergerstam.
Season highlights for 2016/17 include her debut with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and performances with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Recent highlights include highly successful debuts with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and Gävle Symphony Orchestra, performances with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony Orchestras, as well as a tour of the US with the Festival Pablo Casals Prades Collective.
22 Feb 2017
Elina Vähälä will make a welcome return to Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday 3 March for her debut performance of Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No.1 conducted by Kirill Karabits. The...
04 Oct 2016
Elina Vähälä will perform for the first time with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra on 14 October. She will be performing Vasks’ Violin Concerto Distant Light at the National Concert...
25 Jul 2016
On 28 July, Elina Vähälä will perform the first of four concerts at this year’s Delft Chamber Music Festival. At the Museum Prinsenhof, she will present Mendelssohn’s Octet for strings....
04 Jul 2016
Travelling to Ireland for four performances at the renowned West Cork Chamber Music Festival this month, Elina Vähälä will first perform Dvorak's Piano Quartet No.2 on...
06 Apr 2016
At Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts on 16 and 17 April, Elina Vähälä will make her debut with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic under conductor Josep Caballé-Domenech. Elina will perform...
24 Feb 2016
Elina joins Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, under conductor Jeffrey Tate, for the first time for two concerts on 3 and 4 March at the Palais de la Musique, Salle Erasme. Presenting...
22 Jan 2016
Elina will be travelling to Pamplona in Spain where she will be making her debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra,...
20 Nov 2015
Elina makes her debut with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in two concerts, in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Metropolitan Theatre on...
14 Oct 2015
Elina is embarking on a 7 concert tour with Lahti Symphony Orchestra and...
02 Sep 2015
Following successful performances at the Clandeboye Festival in Ireland, the acclaimed violinist Elina Vähälä will be performing with the FRSO on...
Hufvudstadsbladet - Dec 2016
Classical Source - Nov 2016
Bachtrack - Oct 2016
Westdeutsche Zeitung - Sep 2016
Detroit Free Press - Jan 2015
The New York Times
The LA Times
The Seattle Times
Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm
The Washington Post
Ostrobotnian, Vasa, Finland
Helsingin Sanomat, Finland
Turun Sanomat, Finland
Turun Sanomat, Finland
Etelä–Suomen Sanomat, Finland
Born in the US and raised in Finland, Elina Vähälä made her orchestral debut with Sinfonia Lahti at the age of twelve and was later chosen by Osmo Vänskä as the orchestra’s ‘young master soloist’. Since then, her career continues to expand on the international stage, winning praise from audiences and musicians alike as ‘a fluent, stylish and gifted musician whose brilliant technique is matched by an abundant spirit, sensitivity and imagination’ (Chicago Tribune).
Elina Vähälä has appeared with orchestras including Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Lahti, Turku Philharmonic as well as Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra and Nashville Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Carlos Kalmar, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Okko Kamu, Jakub Hrůša, Thierry Fischer, Jeffrey Tate, Sakari Oramo and Leif Sergerstam and toured throughout the UK, Finland, Germany, China, Korea and South America; in 2008 she was chosen to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony which was televised to a worldwide audience.
Season highlights for 2016/17 include her debut with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and performances with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Recent highlights include highly successful debuts with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and Gävle Symphony Orchestra, performances with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony Orchestras, as well as a tour of the US with the Festival Pablo Casals Prades Collective.
With a repertoire that ranges from baroque to contemporary, Elina Vähälä has given world premieres of Aulis Sallinen's Chamber Concerto and Curtis-Smith's Double Concerto, both written for her and pianist-conductor Ralf Gothóni. In addition, Vähälä gave the first Nordic performance of John Corigliano’s Violin Concerto ‘The Red Violin’ and commissioned a new violin concerto from composer Jaakko Kuusisto. Both the Corgiliano and Kuusisto concertos were recorded for BIS in 2013.
Educational activities play an important role in her commitment to music; In 2009 Elina Vähälä launched the Violin Academy; funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the academy is a master class based educational project for selected, highly talented young Finnish violinists.
As a devoted chamber musician Elina Vähälä performs with Andras Adorjan, Yuri Bashmet, Ana Chumachenco, Chee-Yun, Peter Csaba, Itamar Golan, Ralf Gothóni, Ivry Gitlis, Bruno Giuranna, Gary Hoffman, Steven Isserlis, Frans Helmerson, Cho-Liang Lin, Adam Neiman, Arto Noras, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Alisa Weilerstein.