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Elation Pauls

Violinist Elation Pauls makes a significant contribution to the rich fabric that makes up Canada’s classical music scene from the heart of Canada, Winnipeg Manitoba. In constant demand for her lush sound and expressive solo and chamber music performances with such presenters as the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society, Brandon University Pro Series, Agassiz Festival, Virtuosi Concerts, Women’s Musical Club and Rosamunde Festival, she has served as Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since 2009. She has premiered many works and has collaborated as chamber musician with artists such as Mark Fewer, Erika Raum, Andrew Wan, Yosuke Kawasaki, Paul Marleyn, David Harding, Ariel Barnes, and Martin Roscoe. In the fall of 2019 Elation collaborated with Polycoro Chamber Choir, performing Bach’s Chaconne where “She played with heart and soul, her violin carrying us into another realm with the singers’ chorales…deeply moving.” (Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press)

Elation has performed in many of the major concert halls of North America and Europe, including Carnegie Hall (NY), Jordan Hall (Boston), Herbst Theatre (San Francisco), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Leiszhalle (Hamburg) and at the Philharmonie (Berlin). As well as playing in the Kammerphilharmonie Berlin-Brandenburg, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, and the Hamburger Symphoniker directed by Andrey Boreyko and Jeffrey Tate, she has performed as a soloist with the Neinstedt Chamber Players (Germany), Spiritosi Strings, Banff Festival Chamber Orchestra, Rosamunde Festival Orchestra and the Mooredale Concerto Players in Toronto. Summer festivals have included the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, NYO, Kent/Blossom, Domaine Forget and Banff.

As Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy and Festival, Elation enjoys bringing international caliber mentoring and artistry to Winnipeg every August. She has served as adjudicator for numerous festivals and competitions, as sessional instructor at Canadian Mennonite University and maintains an active private teaching studio. In January of 2018 she was awarded Professional Development Grants from the Winnipeg Arts Council and Manitoba Arts Council for a week-long residency in Israel. She is a prizewinner of the Canadian Music Competition, Saskatchewan Concerto Competition and Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival and has received scholarships from the Yehudi Menuhin LIVE Music Now foundation, Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) and University of Toronto. Following studies with renowned Hungarian pedagogue Lorand Fenyves, at the University of Toronto where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, Elation obtained the highly sought-after Solo Performance (Konzertexamen) degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock, Germany.

2023 marked a new chapter in Elation’s career, with her SUSTENANCE project beginning to unfold. With support from the Canada Council for the Arts, SOCAN Foundation, Winnipeg Arts Council and Manitoba Arts Council, she has recorded her debut solo album alongside pianists Serouj Kradjian and David Braid which includes newly commissioned works by prominent Canadian composers Cris Derksen, Serouj Kradjian, Karen Sunabacka, Iman Habibi, David Braid and Kelly-Marie Murphy. The album is set for release in fall of 2024 with the Winnipeg launch presented by the 24/25 GroundSwell series.