viola da gamba
Captivated by the sound of the viol during a recital given by Jordi Savall, Elin Soderstrom discovered in this instrument sounds of which she had only dreamed. Pursuing her love of the viol, she graduated with honours from McGill University, and received a post-graduate degree from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Netherlands) where she studied with Wieland Kuijken.
Now based in Montreal, Elin has performed throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and the Near East with ensembles such as Constantinople, Masques, Capriccio Stravagante, the Toronto Consort, Les Boréades and Arion. A special interest in consort playing has been fostered through many years of collaboration with the Dutch viol consort The Spirit of Gambo and more recently, the Montreal-based Voix Humaines Consort of Viols. She is heard regularly on CBC and Radio-Canada, and has recorded for the ATMA, Analekta, Dorian, Astrée and Wereldomroep labels.
A dedicated teacher, Elin communicates her passion through private instruction as well as at various workshops. She has been invited by the Viola da Gamba Society of North America, Cammac, the Toronto Early Music Society, the Belles-Soirées series at the Université de Montréal and the Faculty of music of the same institution to teach on the viol, with a special emphasis on improvisation.
Continually searching for artistic renewal, Elin has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the FCAR and FQRSC foundations which have enabled her to develop her skills as a musician.
Currently, Elin is dedicating more and more of her time to contemporary and improvised music, two life-long interests that were the subject of a doctorate degree (Université de Montréal,2010).