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Elina Vähälä playing was blinding, answering to all the demands of the music in power, virtuosity and soft melancholy. A pure and poetic feeling in the violin tone and fiery involvement in the interpretation. Yes, it was absolutely brilliant...
(Svenska Dagbladet; Kalevi Aho: violin concerto)
Violinist Elina Vähälä is one of the sought-after instrumentalists in the international music scene. She is the winner of the 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York and has also won prizes in the Lipinsky-Wieniawski competition in Lublin, Poland already at the age of 15, and in the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hanover, Germany in 2000.