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Elina Vähälä

Elina Vähälä


Violin

Born in the US and raised in Finland, 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’. Since then, her career has continued to develop 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).

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, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Dortmund Philharmoniker, Istanbul State Symphony, Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, RTVE Spanish Radio Orchestra, and has toured throughout the UK, Finland, Germany, China, Korea and South America. She enjoys a fruitful working partnership with many leading conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Carlos Kalmar, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Okko Kamu, Jakub Hrůša, Thierry Fischer, Sakari Oramo, Leif Segerstam, Josep Caballé-Domenech, Alexander Liebreich, and Michał Nesterowicz.

The 2020/21 season will see Elina Vähälä’s debuts with the Gothenburg Symphony, Norrkoping Symphony, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony and Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, as well as return visits to Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic, Oulu Symphony Orchestra and Wroclaw Philharmonic. She will also appear at the Festivals in Tampere, Clandeboye, Seoul and Oulu, where she has just been appointed Co-Artistic Director, together with saxophonist Jukka Perko.

Highlights of the last seasons include debuts with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Polish National Radio Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Qingdao Symphony, RTÉ National Symphony, Gävle Symphony, Shenzhen Symphony, and performances with the Finnish Radio Symphony, Lahti Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Niederrheinische Symphony, Norrlandsoperan Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony.

Elina Vähälä has given world premieres of Aulis Sallinen’s Chamber Concerto, Curtis Curtis-Smith’s Double Concerto, Jaakko Kuusisto’s Concerto, and Kalevi Aho’s Concerto no 2, all of which were written for her, as well as the Jan Sandström’s Concerto. In addition, Elina Vähälä gave the first Nordic performance of Corigliano’s Violin Concerto ‘The Red Violin’ and continues to be one of the soloists of choice for this work. Befitting her Finnish roots, she is one of very few to perform the Sibelius concerto in its early version.

Her affinity with the music of the 20th and 21st centuries is evident back in recording studio twice this year: a disc devoted to the music Aho, including his Violin Concerto no 2, and a project with the Polish National Radio Symphony and with Alexander Liebreich as part of their focus on Szymanowski.

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. Previously professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany, she has been professor at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna since September 2019. Elina Vähälä performs with a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin made in 1780.

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Elina Vähälä has been appointed Professor of Violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna

Elina Vähälä has been appointed Professor of Violin at the prestigious Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. She will take up the position in October 2019.

Source:https://www.mdw.ac.at/str/vaehaela-elina/

May 14, 2020: Finnish star of the violin, Elina Vähälä, has been appointed Co-Artistic Director of the Oulu Music Festival

The Oulu Music Festival has named the Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä and saxophonist Jukka Perko as its new Artistic Directors.

Source:https://omj.fi/oulun-musiikkijuhlien-taiteellisiksi-johtajiksi-vuoden-2021-festivaalin-jalkeen-elina-vahala-ja-jukka-perko/

Minnesota Orchestra makes Sibelius proud

From her first entrance, Vähälä’s sound was as commanding as her presence was unassuming. Unlike many concerto soloists, she didn’t use physical gestures to emphasize her performance abilities. She made her part look easy, almost effortless at times.

At one point, for example, the violinist is called upon to play four notes at once; by quickly curling the bow along the four strings, they can approximate these four-note harmonies. Vähälä navigated this passage with ease, even managing to compliment the inner-harmony melodies she was playing that were also sounding in the upper woodwinds.

The orchestra, particularly the upper strings, seemed to build off of Vähälä’s energy. A performance that began tentative and fragile ended bright and triumphant. The Minnesota Orchestra clearly knows its Sibelius, from the sweeping melodic lines double by the strings to the occasional brass melodies and woodwind solos that briefly come to the fore.

After Vähälä’s stellar performance and the audience’s two rounds of applause, the orchestra began one of Sibelius’s most performed works: the “Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major.” Yet again, the opening minutes felt tentative and rushed. Some of the accelerandos and ritardandos (increases and decreases in tempo) were slightly exaggerated.

– Sammy Sussman, The Michigan DailyRelated Link

Sarasota Orchestra Ends Season with an Adventurous Ride

“Corigliano’s Violin Concerto (“The Red Violin”) is a delicious addition to the solo violin repertoire so heavily weighted in the 19th century. In this case, the rich melodic baby was not thrown out with the bathwater. Soloist Elina Vähälä played the demanding score with great passion and bravura evoking a vision of Paganini’s sister.”

– Gayle Williams, Herald TribuneRelated Link

Violinist adds virtuosity to atmospheric BPO concert

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.

– Mary Kunz Goldman, Buffalo NewsRelated Link

Petrenko and Vähälä shine in a Houston Symphony program with Italian flair

“Vähälä’s interpretation of the chaconne was thoroughly committed. She navigated the difficult double-stops, including a cadenza, with security and projected the expressive intensity of the soaring melodic lines. In terms of both her playing and the composition as a whole, this was the most successful movement.”

– Lawrence Wheeler, Texas Classical ReviewRelated Link

Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Hannu Lintu – The Fairy’s Kiss & Sibelius 2 – Elina Vähälä plays Jaakko Kuusisto’s Violin Concerto

Having remembered, this time, that when the UK puts its clocks back an hour I need to tune into the DSO webcast sixty minutes earlier than normal, until the US retards similarly, I was pleased not to miss The Fairy’s Kiss, Stravinsky’s Hans Christian Andersen-inspired homage to Tchaikovsky, including orchestrations of his piano pieces and songs, and fully worthy of both composers. The Divertimento Stravinsky made from the ballet score requires expressive and deft playing, and rhythmic precision. Hannu Lintu achieved each of these, DSO soloists shone, and togetherness was exact. Greater lightness and a touch of wit would have been welcome in the faster passages of ‘Danses suisses’, but pirouettes were charming and some of the third section reminded of The Sleeping Beauty.

Jaakko Kuusisto (born 1974) is also a violinist and was concertmaster of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra when Osmo Vänskä was its conductor. His thirty-minute Violin Concerto makes a big impression and opens with a long statement, intense and meditative, for the violinist that increases in speed to cue the orchestra, used dynamically and colourfully, for a rhapsodic first movement that vies lyricism and emotionalism in a seamless trajectory and which leads into an ethereal Lento that develops powerful upsurges. The separated Finale is as playful as it is manic until something slower and moodier stops it in its tracks, but there is a grandstand conclusion. Elina Vähälä gave a fabulous performance, her superb technique serving deeply committed musicianship (she played from memory) and she was accompanied in virtuoso fashion. If you like Korngold’s and Menotti’s Violin Concertos, you’ll like Jaakko Kuusisto’s, which flies high yet also takes us into the woods.

As to Lintu’s conducting of it, although the music is self-evidently in his blood (and memory), the first movement was over-sectionalised, too pulled around for what is anyway one of Sibelius’s looser structures. Lintu was more satisfying in the volatility of the next movement, introduced by a dramatic timpani roll; whether brooding or erupting, if some relationships were sacrificed, it was eloquent and exciting. So too the Scherzo, a rushing wind, the Trio’s contrasting poetry led by a really lovely oboe solo, and out of its second appearance the eventually triumphant Finale hauls itself, Lintu, with soul and stealth, keeping it on course to its brassy and expansive victory parade.

– Colin Anderson, Classical SourceRelated Link

 

Szymanowski: Violin Concerto – Accentus | Released 01/01/2019


 

Duos for Violin and Double Bass – Audite | Released 02/02/2018


 

The Red Violin: Concertos by Corigliano & Kuusisto – BIS | Released 10/22/2013


 

Joseph Haydn: Violin Concertos – Alba | Released 02/28/2009


Orchestral

  • Aho, K
    Violin Concerto No. 1
    Violin Concerto No. 2

    Arutiunian, A
    Violin Concerto

    Bach
    Violin Concerto in a minor, BWV 1041
    Concerto in d minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043
    Concerto in c minor for Oboe and Violin, BWV 1060

    Barber
    Violin Concerto

    Bartók
    Violin Concerto No. 2

    Beethoven
    Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
    Concerto in C Major for violin, cello, and piano, Op. 56 Romance in G Major, Op. 40
    Romance in F Major, Op. 50

    Berg
    Violin Concerto

    Bernstein
    Serenade for Violin, String Orchestra, Harp and Percussion (1954)

    Brahms
    Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
    Double Concerto in a minor, Op. 102

    Britten
    Violin Concerto

    Bruch
    Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 26

    Chausson
    Poéme, Op. 25

    Corigliano
    Violin Concerto “The Red Violin”
    Chaconne from “The Red Violin”

    Curtis-Smith, C
    Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings

    Englund, E
    Violin Concerto

    Gothoni, R
    Concerto Grosso for Violin, Piano and Strings

    Haydn
    Violin Concerto C Major, Hob. 7a:1
    Violin Concerto in G Major, Hob. 7a:4
    Violin Concerto in A Major, Hob. 7a:3
    Concerto for Violin and Keyboard, Hob. 18:6

    Korngold
    Violin Concerto, Op. 35

    Kuusisto, J
    Violin Concerto

    Hess, N
    Fantasy

    Lindberg, M
    Violin Concerto No. 1
    Violin Concerto No. 2

    Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
    Violin Concerto in d minor
    Violin Concerto in e minor, Op. 64
    Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings in d minor

    Mozart
    Concerto No. 4 in D Major, KV 218
    Concerto No. 5 in A Major, KV 219
    Concerto for Violin and Piano (Mozart-Willby)
    Sinfonia Concertante, KV 364
    Concertone for two violins, KV 365

    Penderecki, K
    Concerto doppio for violin, viola/cello and orchestra

    Prokofiev
    Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op.63

    Ravel
    Tzigane, Op. 76

    Rozsa, M
    Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Cello and Orchestra

    Saint-Saëns
    Introduction and Rondo Capriccio, Op. 28
    Havanaise, Op. 83

    Sallinen, A
    Violin Concerto, Op. 18
    Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 87

    Salonen, E
    Violin Concerto

    Sarasate
    Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

    Schnittke, A
    Concerto Grosso No.1 for Two Violins and Orchestra

    Sibelius
    Violin Concerto in d minor, Op. 47
    Six Humoresques

    Stravinsky
    Violin Concerto in D Major

    Szymanowksi, K
    Violin concerto No. 1
    Violin concerto No. 2

    Tchaikovsky
    Meditation, Op. 42
    Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34

    Vasks, P
    Violin Concerto “Distant light”

    Williams, R. V.
    The Lark Ascending

    Vivaldi
    Four Seasons, Op. 8 No 1-4
    L’estro armonico, Op. 3, 12 concertos for different ensembles

    Weill, K
    Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12

    Wieniawski, H
    Violin Concerto No. 2 in d minor, Op. 22

Orchestral

  • Aho, K
    Violin Concerto No. 1
    Violin Concerto No. 2

    Arutiunian, A
    Violin Concerto

    Bach
    Violin Concerto in a minor, BWV 1041
    Concerto in d minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043
    Concerto in c minor for Oboe and Violin, BWV 1060

    Barber
    Violin Concerto

    Bartók
    Violin Concerto No. 2

    Beethoven
    Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
    Concerto in C Major for violin, cello, and piano, Op. 56 Romance in G Major, Op. 40
    Romance in F Major, Op. 50

    Berg
    Violin Concerto

    Bernstein
    Serenade for Violin, String Orchestra, Harp and Percussion (1954)

    Brahms
    Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
    Double Concerto in a minor, Op. 102

    Britten
    Violin Concerto

    Bruch
    Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 26

    Chausson
    Poéme, Op. 25

    Corigliano
    Violin Concerto “The Red Violin”
    Chaconne from “The Red Violin”

    Curtis-Smith, C
    Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings

    Englund, E
    Violin Concerto

    Gothoni, R
    Concerto Grosso for Violin, Piano and Strings

    Haydn
    Violin Concerto C Major, Hob. 7a:1
    Violin Concerto in G Major, Hob. 7a:4
    Violin Concerto in A Major, Hob. 7a:3
    Concerto for Violin and Keyboard, Hob. 18:6

    Korngold
    Violin Concerto, Op. 35

    Kuusisto, J
    Violin Concerto

    Hess, N
    Fantasy

    Lindberg, M
    Violin Concerto No. 1
    Violin Concerto No. 2

    Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
    Violin Concerto in d minor
    Violin Concerto in e minor, Op. 64
    Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings in d minor

    Mozart
    Concerto No. 4 in D Major, KV 218
    Concerto No. 5 in A Major, KV 219
    Concerto for Violin and Piano (Mozart-Willby)
    Sinfonia Concertante, KV 364
    Concertone for two violins, KV 365

    Penderecki, K
    Concerto doppio for violin, viola/cello and orchestra

    Prokofiev
    Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op.63

    Ravel
    Tzigane, Op. 76

    Rozsa, M
    Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Cello and Orchestra

    Saint-Saëns
    Introduction and Rondo Capriccio, Op. 28
    Havanaise, Op. 83

    Sallinen, A
    Violin Concerto, Op. 18
    Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 87

    Salonen, E
    Violin Concerto

    Sarasate
    Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

    Schnittke, A
    Concerto Grosso No.1 for Two Violins and Orchestra

    Sibelius
    Violin Concerto in d minor, Op. 47
    Six Humoresques

    Stravinsky
    Violin Concerto in D Major

    Szymanowksi, K
    Violin concerto No. 1
    Violin concerto No. 2

    Tchaikovsky
    Meditation, Op. 42
    Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34

    Vasks, P
    Violin Concerto “Distant light”

    Williams, R. V.
    The Lark Ascending

    Vivaldi
    Four Seasons, Op. 8 No 1-4
    L’estro armonico, Op. 3, 12 concertos for different ensembles

    Weill, K
    Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12

    Wieniawski, H
    Violin Concerto No. 2 in d minor, Op. 22

Audio

Corigliano: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra ‘The Red Violin” – I. Chaconne

Corigliano: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra ‘The Red Violin” – II. Pianissimo Scherzo

Kuusisto: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra – III. Molto Allegro

Video

Documents

Short Biography

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).

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, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Dortmund Philharmoniker, Istanbul State Symphony, Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, RTVE Spanish Radio Orchestra, and has toured throughout the UK, Finland, Germany, China, Korea and South America. She enjoys a fruitful working partnership with many leading conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Carlos Kalmar, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Okko Kamu, Jakub Hrůša, Thierry Fischer, Sakari Oramo, Leif Segerstam, Josep Caballé-Domenech, Alexander Liebreich, and Michał Nesterowicz.

The 2020/21 season will see Elina Vähälä’s debuts with the Gothenburg Symphony, Norrkoping Symphony, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony and Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, as well as return visits to Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic, Oulu Symphony Orchestra and Wroclaw Philharmonic. She will also appear at the Festivals in Tampere, Clandeboye, Seoul and Oulu, where she has just been appointed Co-Artistic Director, together with saxophonist Jukka Perko.

Full Biography

Born in the US and raised in Finland, 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’. Since then, her career has continued to develop 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).

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, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Dortmund Philharmoniker, Istanbul State Symphony, Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, RTVE Spanish Radio Orchestra, and has toured throughout the UK, Finland, Germany, China, Korea and South America. She enjoys a fruitful working partnership with many leading conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Carlos Kalmar, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Okko Kamu, Jakub Hrůša, Thierry Fischer, Sakari Oramo, Leif Segerstam, Josep Caballé-Domenech, Alexander Liebreich, and Michał Nesterowicz.

The 2020/21 season will see Elina Vähälä’s debuts with the Gothenburg Symphony, Norrkoping Symphony, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony and Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, as well as return visits to Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic, Oulu Symphony Orchestra and Wroclaw Philharmonic. She will also appear at the Festivals in Tampere, Clandeboye, Seoul and Oulu, where she has just been appointed Co-Artistic Director, together with saxophonist Jukka Perko.

Highlights of the last seasons include debuts with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Polish National Radio Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Qingdao Symphony, RTÉ National Symphony, Gävle Symphony, Shenzhen Symphony, and performances with the Finnish Radio Symphony, Lahti Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Niederrheinische Symphony, Norrlandsoperan Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony.

Elina Vähälä has given world premieres of Aulis Sallinen’s Chamber Concerto, Curtis Curtis-Smith’s Double Concerto, Jaakko Kuusisto’s Concerto, and Kalevi Aho’s Concerto no 2, all of which were written for her, as well as the Jan Sandström’s Concerto. In addition, Elina Vähälä gave the first Nordic performance of Corigliano’s Violin Concerto ‘The Red Violin’ and continues to be one of the soloists of choice for this work. Befitting her Finnish roots, she is one of very few to perform the Sibelius concerto in its early version.

Her affinity with the music of the 20th and 21st centuries is evident back in recording studio twice this year: a disc devoted to the music Aho, including his Violin Concerto no 2, and a project with the Polish National Radio Symphony and with Alexander Liebreich as part of their focus on Szymanowski.

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. Previously professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany, she has been professor at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna since September 2019. Elina Vähälä performs with a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin made in 1780.

10/2020 – PLEASE DESTROY ALL PREVIOUSLY DATED MATERIALS.
MODIFIED VERSIONS MUST BE APPROVED BY DISPEKER ARTISTS.