Elina Vähälä made her debut as a soloist with the Sinfonia Lahti when she was 12. Her win in the Young Concert Artists Competition paved the way for some very well received performances in the United States. She has played as soloist with such orchestras as the Minnesota Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, and has worked with Sakari Oramo, Jakub Hrůša, Thierry Fischer and Leif Segerstam. In 2008 she was invited to perform before an international audience at Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo, when Finnish President Ahtisaari received his award. Recent highlights solo parts with various orchestras: the Helsinki Philharmonic led by Jukka-Pekka Saraste, the Detroit Symphony under Lenoard Slatkin, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra with Giancarlo Guerrero. Vähälä has also toured the United States with the Festival Pablo Casals Prades Collective and gave her first performance with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra of Sweden under Alexander Liebrich. Elina Vähälä is a founder member of Viuluakatemia (a Violin Academy), which receives support from the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Currently she is professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany.
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