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Elina Violina - Violine in München


Elina Vyzhmanavina aka Elina Violina was born in Moscow, Russia and came to Germany at the age of six and a half. After attending a concert in the Cologne Philharmonic, her irrepressible interest in music flared up and so she began taking her first piano lessons at the age of seven. This was followed by recorder lessons at the age of nine and enrollment at the Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium Böblingen at the age of ten, a school with a music profile. She then received her first violin lessons at the age of eleven and only a few months later was able to gain her first orchestral experience in the school orchestra. At the age of 13 she also began taking singing lessons. A short time later Elina already had solo performances as a singer, in which she sang the alto roles in Humperdinck's Abendsegen and in the Saint-Saens-Oratorium udLv Clemens König. At the age of 15 she was accepted as a violinist in the Stuttgart Youth Symphony Orchestra (JuSO), and a little later also in the Student Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and the Young Chamber Orchestra Stuttgart (JuKO). She took violin lessons from Zinovi Pindrik, Ulrike Abdank, Prof. Grigori Zhislin and Vera Kramarova (a Yankelevich student), among others. After graduating from high school with music as a subject, she supplemented her studies with private lessons from Prof. Alexander Kramarov and Prof. Karen Aroutiounian. She also attended master classes with Prof. Alexander Kramarov and Prof. Roman Nodel and played in the Baden-Württemberg State Youth Orchestra (LJO BW) under the direction of Christopher Wyneken and Anna-Sophie Brüning. Elina took part in the unusual project of the State Youth Orchestra "Apollo 18 - Opera in Juvenile Prison". In addition, she worked for two years in a Christian community in Düsseldorf as a tutor and recorder teacher.

As part of her bachelor's degree in music education (majoring in violin, minor in singing) and philosophy in Wuppertal, Elina received violin lessons from Johanna Watzke and Alexander Yakoniuk and played in the university orchestra. She also gave music theory and ear training lessons to prospective students in preparation for the university entrance exam in music. During this period, Elina was supported with the Germany scholarship for particularly talented and high-performing students and completed her bachelor's degree with an overall grade of 1.2.

Elina then began her master's degree in music education at the LMU Munich, where she was taught violin by Esther Schöpf-Groh and played in various ensembles. In addition to her studies, she appeared with her band at dance events, played in the Stringendo Pöcking Orchestra and Norbert Groh and sang in the Young Chamber Choir Lucente as a choir singer and soloist  with. In addition, she taught both violin and piano and took private lessons in pop singing with Christiane Schuh and jazz violin with Prof. Gregor Huebner. In the summer of 2018 she attended a master class in jazz improvisation for strings with the Sirius Quartet New York. In 2018/19 Elina completed internships with the Young Chamber Choir Lucente udLv Inga Brüseke and the Municipal Singing and Music School in Munich. In July 2019 she completed her master's degree with a final grade of 1.5. She wrote her master's thesis on feedback in instrumental lessons  (see below). The work was published online at the end of October 2019 at peDOCS, the specialist portal for education of the Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education.  


Since 2020, Elina has been working as a lecturer for jazz improvisation and swing dancing at Freies Musikzentrum München eV and gives private piano, violin and recorder lessons for adults and children. She plays as a classical violinist in several orchestras in and around Munich and performs at birthdays, weddings and other celebrations with a stylistically diverse repertoire (classical, jazz, pop, own compositions). From October 2020 she will also be taught by Prof. Gregor Hübner in the artistic master's degree "Jazzi Improvisation for Strings" at the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts (HMTM). Elina has been giving swing dance lessons at the Boogie Bären Munich since 2021 and independently organizes dance courses for young people. 



Master's thesis on the topic: Feedback in instrumental lessons

Presentation of specially developed feedback models

  Online publication at peDOCS 

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