From working with U2 to performing in the Vatican, flautist Emma Elkinson has a diverse musical career that has taken and continues to take her across oceans.
Originally from Ireland, Emma studied at Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music with professor Doris Keogh and received distinctions in diplomas and certificates from the Royal School of Music in London.
Before leaving her family in Ireland to continue her musical training with Patrick Gallois at the University of Toronto, Canada, Emma performed throughout Ireland, Scotland, Germany, France and Italy often in Renaissance costume. Her love for early music then brought her to the Royal Conservatory of the Hague in the Netherlands where she was awarded her masters of early music with distinction under the tutelage of Barthold Kuijken.
An active soloist, Emma has performed numerous concertos in some of the most prestigious venues in the world including the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Beijing concert hall, China and the Glenn Gould studio, Canada. She has recently been appointed a guest flute teaching position in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin and will be giving masterclasses and concerts in the School of Music, Cork.
As an Irish trad. player, Emma can be found in many Irish pubs in the Hague with her trad. band, the boffins. She is a founding member of ∆TENT, a new music ensemble in Toronto, Musicletica, a multi genre ensemble that performs music from many genres on the appropriate historical instruments in one concert and the Hibernian Muse, an ensemble specializing in Irish baroque music.
Emma’s upcoming engagements include the North American premier of Il Gran Mogul a recently found concerto by Vivaldi with the Aradia Ensemble in Canada, performances of Mozart’s concerto in G major with Diletto Musico and CPE Bach’s concerto in d minor with Holland Baroque throughout the Netherlands. She will also be working with Lyric Fm’s composer in residence, Sebastian Adams, premiering and recording his new works for old instruments.
When she is not on stage, playing in pubs or on an aeroplane, Emma is an avid swimmer, runner and tea drinker. She has a small private studio of historical and modern flautists and an ever-growing amount of whistle students that form the Whistlers of Den Haag.