Elina Vähälä made her orchestral debut with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra at the age of twelve and was later chosen by Osmo Vänskä as the orchestra’s ‘Young Master Soloist’.
Elina Vähälä appears regularly with all of the key Finnish orchestras as well being a guest of countless high-profile orchestras across the globe such as Houston Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven Orchester Bonn. Highlights of the last seasons include debuts with ia. the Orchestre National de Lyon, Polish National Radio Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Qingdao Symphony and RTÉ National Symphony. Elina Vähälä has given world premieres, ia. Jaakko Kuusisto’s Concerto, and Kalevi Aho’s Concerto no 2, which were written for her. Educational activities play an important role in her commitment to music. In 2009 Elina Vähälä launched the Violin Academy. She has been a professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany, from autumn 2019 she will become a professor at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. Elina Vähälä performs with a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin made in 1780.
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