Meet the Artists - Elina Vähälä

Posted on: Monday, 07th May 2018 @ 11:44am

Elina Vähälä and Niek de Groot will be appearing together in our Finale on Sunday 8th July in Bantry House. Find out more here. Here's a taster of their combined talents:

"Dialogue of extremes: violin and double bass. Compositions with astonishing colours: intensive, new, touchingly beautiful

For this recording, Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä and Dutch double bass player Niek de Groot have chosen and performed seven pieces, composed by six Europeans and one Korean. When a violin and a double bass come together, two sound spheres collide: particularly in recent times, many renowned composers have been inspired to create highly original realisations of such encounters."

Niek de Groot

See our earlier article here.

Elina Vähälä

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). In 2008 she was chosen to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony which was televised to a worldwide audience.

Elina Vähälä has worked with world renowned conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Carlos Kalmar, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Osmo Vänskä, Okko Kamu, Jakub Hrůša, Thierry Fischer, Jeffrey Tate, Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko, Michał Nesterowicz, Leif Sergerstam, Alexander Liebreich, JoAnn Falletta and Daniel Blendulf.

Highlights for 2017/18 include debuts with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Singapore Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Symphony, Shenzhen Symphony, Qingdao Symphony and Hawaii Symphony, and performances with the Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Sinfonia Lahti, NorrlandsOperan Symphony, Niederrheinische Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony and Sarasota Symphony.

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) and Kalevi Aho’s Violin Concerto No.2. In addition, she 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.

Find out more here.

Elina will be appearing in the following concerts:

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Photo Credit: Elina Simonen