Elina Vähälä is one of the most sought-after violinists in the international music scene. She is a winner of the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hanover in 2000.
Born in the United States and raised in Finland, Vähälä began to play the violin at the age of 3 at the Lahti Conservatory. Vähälä made her orchestra debut at the age of 12 with Sinfonia Lahti. Conductor Osmo Vänskä later chose her as Sinfonia Lahti’s “Young Master Soloist.” Since then she has collaborated with this Gramophone Award-winning orchestra regularly. Vähälä has formed another special partnership with the English Chamber Orchestra, with which she has performed around the world and shared the stage with Maxim Vengerov.
In December 2008 Vähälä performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and concert. The television broadcast of the Nobel concert was seen by 300 million households in 100 countries. Vähälä has performed in Europe, the United States and South Africa and on tours in China, Hong Kong and South Korea.
Vähälä plays a 1678 Antonio Stradivari violin generously loaned by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.