Violinist Elation Pauls makes a significant contribution to the rich fabric that makes up Winnipeg’s musical community. Having served as Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since 2009, she is in constant local demand for her lush sound and expressive solo and chamber music performances at such venues as the Millennium Concert Series, Les Grands Concerts de la Cathédrale, Brandon Chamber Players, Canzona, Virtuosi, Agassiz Festival and the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society, as well as the WSO’s New Music Festival, Canadian Mennonite University, and the University of Manitoba. She has premiered many chamber works and has collaborated with artists such as Andrew Wan, Martin Beaver, Yosuke Kawasaki, Paul Marleyn, David Harding and Martin Roscoe. She is violinist with Trio Exchange (clarinetist Micah Heilbrunn, pianist Madeline Hildebrand) and will be premiering a new work by David Braid for the trio this season on the Groundswell concert series. In fall of 2019 she collaborated with Polycoro Chamber Choir, performing Bach’s Ciaconna where “She played with heart and soul, her violin carrying us into another realm with the singers’ chorales…deeply moving.” (Holly Harris, WFP)
A well-traveled musician, she 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.
As Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy and Festival, Ms. Pauls enjoys bringing international caliber mentoring and artistry to the heart of Canada every August. She has served as adjudicator for numerous festivals, as sessional instructor at Canadian Mennonite University and maintains an active private teaching studio. In January of 2018 she was awarded a 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 Lorand Fenyves at the University of Toronto where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, she obtained the highly sought-after Solo Performance (Konzertexamen) degree from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock, Germany.