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Elin Soderstrom


An aficionado of the viola de gamba ever since she attended a recital by Catalan composer Jordi Savalla, over the years Elin Soderstrom has become one of Canada’s foremost appreciators of the instrument. With a post-graduate degree from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in Netherlands, the Montreal-based musician frequently performs throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and the Near East with a variety of ensembles. Soderstrom specializes in what is called consort playing, a genre she has perfected during her time with the Montreal ensemble, Les Voix Humaines Consort de Viols. Over the course of numerous albums for labels such as ATMA, Dorian, Astrée, and Wereldomroep, Soderstrom’s approach to the viola de gamba has veered away from tradition and towards the contemporary and improvised capabilities of the instrument, which she is currently exploring as part of a doctorate at the Université de Montréal. (DN)

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