Elina Vähälä has been appointed Professor of Violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna
“Vienna is the centre for classical music, the greatest geniuses of the history of music have lived and left lasting legacies. It is hugely inspiring to be able to work in such environment and in an institute of such high reputation. To me it’s personally important, that the University went out of their way to appoint a performing artist with an active international career”, says Vähälä.
A favourite with conductors and audiences alike, Elina Vähälä is in great demand as a soloist throughout the world, while holding teaching positions in universities of music in Germany, first in Detmold and subsequently in Karlsruhe.
Established in 1817, the University for Music and Performing Arts (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, abbreviated MDW), is one of the most prestigious performing arts schools in the world. MDW boasts a distinguished faculty, including several members of the Vienna Philharmonic. Notable alumni include Claudio Abbado, Herbert von Karajan, Zubin Mehta, Kirill Petrenko, Manfred Honeck, George Enescu, Gustav Mahler, Jean Sibelius, Rudolf Buchbinder, Mitsuko Uchida, Fritz Kreisler, Joseph Joachim, Rainer Küchl, Heinrich Schiff, among many others.