Born in the United States 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 that time, her career has continued to expand on international stages, 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).

In the 2017-18 season Elina Vähälä performs Kuusisto’s Violin Concerto, composed for her, in a return to the Minnesota Orchestra; Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Oregon Symphony; Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra; Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D Minor in a return to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; and Corigliano’s concerto, The Red Violin, with the Sarasota Orchestra.

Posted: Nov-13-2017
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In November 2014, violinist Elina Vähälä made her Detroit debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, performing John Corigliano’s cinematic 'Red Violin' concerto.

PBS features the performance on its 'Detroit Arts' program, which can be viewed at the related link.


Posted: Mar-8-2015
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When a violin and a double bass perform chamber music together, it is a case of two instruments encountering each other when normally they are poles apart and play together only alongside additional parts and colours. This is where the composers who have come forward for this adventure of a violin and double bass duo link in: should contrasts be accentuated, or should the two parts be united to form one "super-instrument", as Erkki-Sven Tüür had in mind? Should the two instruments be protagonists in a "narrative", or do they appear as representatives of fundamental principles of human nature - as in the yin and yang, as drawn upon by the Korean composer Isang Yun? Whichever path is chosen, pairing the violin and the double bass is so fascinating that even busy composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki and Wolfgang Rihm have written magnificent and highly individual pieces for this combination.

Posted: Feb-2-2018
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The Adagio was the highlight. The beautiful music spotlighted Vahala's full, rich tone. The galloping last movement brought back the excitement of the first. Vahala's virtuosity was matched by the orchestra's. The blasts of brass, the rumbles of timpani, everything made for great drama and build-ups of sound. Even when the music was over, the theater wasn't over. Vahala, in her gorgeous gown, swept over to embrace Falletta and shake the hand of concertmaster Dennis Kim. The crowd rose and applauded. It was one of those wonderful live music moments. I think all the listeners were glad they ventured out in the snow.

— Buffalo News
Posted: Feb-10-2018
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Posted: Jan-12-2018