Appears on: New Year’s Concerto Spectacular
Elina Vähälä has appeared with orchestras including the Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Lahti, and Turku Philharmonic, as well as Oregon Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, and Nashville Symphony. 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 U.K., 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 2017–18 include debuts with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Polish National Radio Symphony, Singapore Symphony, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, as well as performances with the Finnish Radio Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Lahti Symphony, Shenzhen and Quindao Symphony orchestras, Niederrheinische Symphony, and the Seoul International Music Festival.
Recent highlights include highly successful performances with rté National; Yomiuri Nippon; NorrlandsOperan; Detroit, Houston, Virginia, Colorado, and Gävle symphony orchestras; and Strasbourg, Helsinki, and Buffalo philharmonics, as well as a tour of the U.S. 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. She recorded both the Corgiliano and Kuusisto 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 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.