Elina Vähälä

Violin

Elina Vähälä is one of Finland's most international violinists. She began her musical studies at the Conservatory in Lahti, southern Finland, and was also a pupil at the Kuhmo Violin School receiving tuition from Zinaida Gilels, Ilya Grubert and Pavel Vernikov. At the Sibelius Academy her teacher was Tuomas Haapanen, and other important mentors include Ana Chumachenco and Peter Csaba. In the year in which she graduated, 1999, Vähälä won the Young Concert Artists Competition in New York. Recent career highlights include appearances with the Detroit, Milwaukee and Houston Symphony Orchestras, the Strasbourg Philharmonic, and the Helsinki Philharmonic and playing chamber music at numerous international festivals. This current season she has performed both of the violin concertos of Szymanowski with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the violin concerto by Jaakko Kuusisto with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Currently she teaches at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany. Elina Vähälä plays a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin from 1780.


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Programme

38. Kuhmo Arts Centre 15.15

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770—1827):

Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op. 24 "Spring" (1800-01)

Mon
17.7.

39. Kuhmo Arts Centre 18.15

Robert Schumann (1810—1856):

The Prophet Bird, Op. 82/7 from Forest Scenes (1848-9, transcription for violin and piano by Leopold Auer)

Mon
17.7.

45. Kontio School 21.15

Sebastian Fagerlund (1972):

Transient Light for French horn, violin, cello and piano (2013)

Tue
18.7.

46. Kuhmo Church 11.00

Antonio Vivaldi (1678—1741):

Violin Concerto, Op. 8/1-4 "Four Seasons" (1725)

Wed
19.7.

50. Kuhmo Arts Centre 18.15

Johannes Brahms (1833—1897):

Trio in E flat, Op. 40 for violin, French horn and piano (1865)

Wed
19.7.

50. Kuhmo Arts Centre 18.15

Gabriel Fauré (1845—1924):

Requiem, Op. 48 (1887-1890)

Wed
19.7.

54. Kuhmo Arts Centre 18.15

Bohuslav Martinů (1890—1959):

Fantasy for Theremin, oboe, piano and string quartet (1944)

Thu
20.7.

57. Lentiira Church 14.15

Antonín Dvořák (1841—1904):

Cypresses, B 152 for string quartet (1929)

Fri
21.7.

57. Lentiira Church 14.15

Johann Strauss II (1825—1899):

Wo die Citronen blüh'n, Op. 364 (1874, arr. Vladimir Mendelssohn)

Fri
21.7.