Elina Buksa

Born in Latvia in 1990, Elīna Bukša is considered one of Latvia’s foremost up-and-coming violinists. Elina began playing the violin at the age of five, having been a student of Latvian violin professor Ojārs Kalniņš until 2009. Since 2011 she has studied with Ana Chumachenco in master classes in France, Germany and Switzerland.

Since her debut with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia at the age of 12, Elīna has performed with many orchestras, including the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Rīga, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Liège Royal Philharmonic, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz and Musica Viva in Moscow. In 2013 Elīna received the Latvian Grand Music Award, the highest honor in Latvian music, for Debut of the Year and most recently she became a laureate of the prestigious Windsor International String competition in England.

She has appeared in numerous festivals: Festival du Wallonie, Yuri Bashmet festival in Yaroslavl, Festival du Vexin, Rheingau Music festival and many others. She has performed with such artists as Maria Joao Pires, Augustin Dumay, Frank Braley, Gary Hoffman, Henri Demarquette, Gérard Caussé, Modigliani Quartet and others.

She has performed both as soloist and chamber musician in prestigious concert halls: National Academic Chappell in Saint Petersburg, Concert Hall Russia in Moscow, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels, Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris and many others.

Elīna has made two recordings for label Alpha, with Saint-Saëns (2013) and Lalo (2016) violin concertos, both recordings are critically acclaimed by European press. The Gramophone magazine: “Pride of place goes to Elina Buksha. Her commitment – never in doubt. There’s real intensity and dazzling passagework. While carefully handling it, she conveys the excitement of the finale”.

Elina plays extraordinary Domenico Montagnana violin from 1723 on loan to her from Queen Elisabeth Music chapel.

Elīna Bukša has peformed with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseyev, and the Kansai Symphony Orchestra in Japan, with Augustin Dumay. Since 2011 she has been studying at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, under the direction of Augustin Dumay.