Finnish violinist Elias Nyman (1988) has studied with Ilya Gringolts at Zürich University of the Arts, where he has completed a specialised soloist degree program and a Master’s in Performance. Prior to his five years with Gringolts, he has studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Merit Palas and at Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences with Anatoli Melnikov. With historical performance practices he has been guided by Monika Baer, Michael Biehl and John Holloway.
Nyman considers deep stylistic knowledge, from early music through to contemporary, to be essential for the modern day performer, and is therefore active across the complete range of solo and chamber music repertoire. In addition to his solo work, he has been extensively involved in a variety of chamber ensembles, such as Ensemble Polywerk and Arc-en-Ciel. He has collaborated with Raphael Wallfisch, Marc Kissóczy, Jonathan Stockhammer, Erkki Korhonen, Helena Juntunen, Stefka Perifanova, Jaakko Kortekangas, Sasha Boldachev, Lars Mlekusch and Ari Angervo. Festival performances include ”Focus Contemporary – Zürich West”, ”Organ night & Aria” in Espoo, Finland, and Varkauden KesäKlassinen in Varkaus, Finland. Recently he has given performances of Sibelius concerto with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Germany and Brahms concerto with the Filharmonie Hradec Králové in Czech Republic. Nyman has played as concertmaster with the Sibelius Academy and ZHdK symphony orchestras.
Nyman has been generously supported by Jenny and Antti Wihuri’s foundation, Zangger-Weber foundation, Vpl. Pyhäjärvi foundation and the Lions Club Muurame. He plays on a violin by Mika Lahtinen, made in 2012 in Jyväskylä, Finland.