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Name: Elina Hakanen

Phone number: 07706749984, E-mail:

Nationality: Finnish


1990: Studied the violin in the music school of Huittinen, Finland with Violin Professor Andres Laan

1998: Studied with Violin Professor Alexander Vinnitski (student of David Oistrach, professor in the

Moscow Conservatory and Turku Conservatory)

2000-2004: Studied in the prestigious Turku Conservatory, Finland with Alexander Vinnitski, in a 2 nd

level professional musician training degree

2000-2002 Studied the matriculation examination in the Turun Klassinen Iltalukio (Turku evening

high school). Graduated in May 2002

2007-2011 Studied the BMus Honours in Performance-degree in the Dublin Institute of Technology,

Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin, with David O’Doherty. Graduated October 2011

2009-2011 Received chamber music coaching from the internationally renowned RTE Vanbrugh



2008-2012 Violin teacher in the Castleknock School of Music. I taught students between 5-35 years

old, and students of all levels, from grades 1-8 and diploma level. Also I taught pre-instrumental

groups for 3-6 year olds and conducted a string group. 2 of my students were elected ‘Student of the

Year’ in their age categories in the competition in 2011.

2008-2012 Violin teacher in the Churchtown School of music. I taught students between 7-17 years

old, and students of all levels, from grades 1-8 and diploma level. I also taught ABRSM grades to

some of my students. Many of my violin students have continued their studies in universities at 3 rd

level performance courses.

2009-2011 Leader of the DIT Symphony Orchestra, which performed concert and opera

programmes, including performances at the National Concert Hall, Dublin

2009- Deputy violin player with the RTE Concert Orchestra regularly since 2009, playing in a number

of desks, for example, 1st violin no 6, 2nd violin no 4, depending on the project. Meanwhile I have

played with internationally renowned musicians including the late Jon Lord, Marvin Hamlisch, Paul

Brady, Josh Ritter, Marti Pellow, Kiri Te Kanawa, Danielle Deniese, Sinead O’Connor, Sigur Ros, Karl

Jenkins Brian Byrne (Golden Globe Nominee) and Imelda May.

2011- Violin player with the Lyric Opera Company. Projects have included production of Verdi’s Il

Trovatore in October 2011, Madame Butterfly in February-March 2012, in the National Concert Hall,

Dublin and the Belfast Opera House.

2012 Violin player at the historical event held in the Belfast Waterfront Hall. The Cultural Olympiad

Concert was in co-operation with the Ulster Orchestra. This concert was broadcasted in RTE radio

and BBC3 radio.

2012- Violin player at the Kent area, performances with e.g. Ashford choral society.


1997 performed as a soloist of the Huittinen Music School Orchestra

2002 performed as part of the Portogruaro music festival in Italy, organized by renowned violin

professor, Pavel Vernikov

2010 performed at the Boyle Arts Festival

2010 performed as a member of the DIT Bronte Quartet in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival,

as part of the Festival’s Young Artist Programme, receiving positive comments on the quartet’s

performance in The Irish Times

2011 performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Chamber orchestra

2007-2011 Winner of the major prizes in the DIT competitions, including The DIT Bach-Prize, The DIT

Briscoe Cup, the DIT Senior recital-1st prize and Irish Feis Ceoil prize ‘The Elsner Cup 2011’

2009, 2011 Winner of the DIT Concerto Prize and performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and

the Beethoven violin Concerto with the DIT Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert Hall

2011 Performed in the ‘Rising stars’- concert in RDS in June 2011

2012 Performed as part of the popular RTE chat-show, the Late Late show’s 50th anniversary, with

artists Sinead O’Connor, Imelda May and Horseslips

1997-2012 I have taken part to several master classes including David Kim, Leonid Mordkovich, Pavel

Vernikov, Alexander Vinnitski, Gregory Ellis, Simon Fischer and Jaakko Kuusisto.

Elina Hakanen

Violin Tuition

As a student I studied with prestigious teachers such as Alexander Vinnitski(student of David Oistrakh) and Pavel Vernikov, and from their lessons I learned how to take every student as an individual with individual strengths and qualities.

Following my studies I went on to teach for 4 years, pupils from the ages of 4-35 years old. I also have experience in teaching chamber music and small ensembles. Many of my students have continued on to study violin in universities and conservatories.

As well as teaching, I have also maintained a busy performance career, playing with several professional orchestras and ensembles, including the RTÈ Concert orhestra Dublin and Lyric Opera Company Orchestra, Dublin. I have performed with artists such as Sinead O'Connor, Marti Pellow, Sigur Ros,Jon Lord,Kiri Te Kanawa and Marvin Hamlisch. I have performed several times as a soloist of an orchestra including my performance of the Beethoven violin concerto with the DIT symphony orchetra in 2009 and Mendelssohn violin concerto in 2011.

Teaching is very inspiring for me because I can see the progress of the pupils every week. So if you are looking to learn violin, please contact me., 07706 749984