Elina Vähälä Biography (Wikipedia)
Elina Vähälä (born 15 October 1975 in Iowa City, Iowa) is a Finnish classical violinist.
Vähälä began her violin studies at the age of three at the Lahti conservatory where her teachers were Seppo Reinikainen and Pertti Sutinen. She also studied at the Kuhmo Violin School with Zinaida Gilels, Ilya Grubert and Pavel Vernikov. At the Sibelius Academy Vähälä's teacher was Tuomas Haapanen.
Vähälä made her concerto debut aged 12 with the Lahti Symphony. The very orchestra, under leadership of Osmo Vänskä, nominated her as "The Young Master Soloist" for the season 1993/94. Since then Vähälä has collaborated with the Lahti Symphony on regular basis, performing as their soloist also on tours in Sweden, UK, South America and Central Europe.
Elina Vähälä is the winner of the 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. She gave her New York debut at the 92nd Street Y in 1999 to critical acclaim. Vähälä has performed with orchestras including Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Turku and Tampere Philharmonic as well as Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Okko Kamu, Sakari Oramo, Sir Jeffrey Tate, Eiji Oue, Carlos Kalmar, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, Hannu Lintu, Jakub Hrusa, and toured throughout the UK, Germany, China, Korea and North and South America. In 2008 she was chosen to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony which was televised to a worldwide audience.
Elina Vähälä Tracks