Youtube-phenomenon, singer-songwriter and pop kantele diva, Ida Elina, is an international touring artist, Evento Awards Performer of the Year, Kantele of the Year, and the winner of the 1st International Kantele Competition.
Trained as a classical musician Ida Elina discovered her unique way of playing her instrument by watching YouTube slap-guitar players and “now her popcovers have revolutionized the way we understand kantele music” (Helsingin Sanomat).
As a concert artist, Ida Elina has performed in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong from the Finland 100 years celebrations. She also has toured USA, Germany and Japan, performed at the Chelsea Flower Show in London and at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki and performed in Belgium, France and Canada just to name a few. She tours regularly in Scandinavia and the Baltic Countries and is heading to Singapore in the summer 2019.
Over the years, Ida Elina has performed to the Presidents of Finland, the President and First Lady, Sauli Niinistö and Jenni Haukio, the president and nobelist Martti Ahtisaari and the president Tarja Halonen, as well as to the diplomats in several countries. She has performed with the Grammy winner John Lloyd Young and toured with the iconic Finnish punk band Apulanta.
Ida Elina has appeared on several Finnish tv-broadcasts such as Suuri Journalistigaala (The Great Journalist Gala), Puoli Seitsemän, Urheilugaalassa (The Sports Gala) and Kummien joulukonsertti (The Charity Christmas Concert) among others and on numerous Finnish journals and magazines.
Ida Elina has published 4 albums, Game of My Life (2018), Hello world (2015), Valoisaa Joulua Bright Christmas (2016) and Songs of Freedom (2012) that include her original songs and remain fan-favourites with several songs from the albums requested at each of her live performances. Her original songs from the album are also regurlarly aired on Finnish radios.
A resident of Espoo albeit born and raised in Northern Ostrobothia, Oulainen, Ida Elina was educated at Sibelius-Academy and in Japan at the Hokkaido University of Education. She sings in several languages, including Mandarin, Japanese and French. Besides performing Ida Elina also teaches her percussive playing style to the kantele players in Finland and abroad in her master classes. She is a passionate runner and a multiple Oulainen city champion in 800 meters.