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biography
The harpsichordist Elina Albach is artist of the fellowship program #bebeethoven, a project by PODIUM Esslingen for the Beethoven anniversary 2020, supported by the Federal Cultural Foundation. Elina and her ensemble CONTINUUM are interested in presenting the repertoire of the Baroque, with all of its rich and diverse repertoire in a contemporary context. She is interested not only in special, immediate concert forms and innovative programming, but also in creating contemporary repertoire using the sound-potential and versatility found in period instruments.

Elina Albach studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland) with Joerg-Andreas Boetticher and graduated in 2014 with distinction. She has studied harpsichord with Ton Koopman and Rudolf Lutz amongst others.

Elina has been invited to concerts and festivals in Europe, Australia and South America, Japan, such as Bachfest Leipzig, Thueringer Bachwochen, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kunstfest Weimar, Sydney Festival, Resonanzen Wien, Holland Festival etc. Her performances have been broadcasted on WDR, SWR, MDR, Deutschlandradio Kultur, NDR, BR and she has won several prizes (“Gebrueder-Graun”, “Deutscher Musikwettbewerb”, “Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Kuenstler” “Berliner Bach-Wettbewerb”) .

In 2016/2017 Elina taught harpsichord, Basso Continuo and Chamber music at Hochschule fuer Musik Carl Maria von Weber, Dresden.

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CONTINUUM’s musical language moves in the space between old and new, the 17th and 21st centuries, between knowledge and innovation, vocal and instrumental music. A new and promising ensemble, CONTINUUM seeks out new concepts – without losing sight of the original material. Based in Berlin, harpsichordist Elina Albach works together with artists who overcome the boundaries of the established music scene and aspire to enrich the concert life through new ideas performed with excellence.
CONTINUUM made its debut at the Koethen Bach Festival and at the ION in Nuremberg in Spring 2015, concerts in the WDR Funkhaus concert series in Cologne and at the Thuringia Bach Festival 2016. In 2016, CONTINUUM toured Bolivia by invitation of the Goethe Institute. 2017 Continuum has been invited to Radialsystem V,
Int. Händelfestpiele-Göttingen, Bachfest Leipzig, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Festival d’Ambronay and was chosen for the EEEmerging Residence Programm in Ambronay/France, 2017.

Current engagements in 2018 include Bayerischer Rundfunk, PODIUM Esslingen, ION Nuremberg, MDR Musiksommer, Duesseldorf Festival et al.

The ensemble’s first CD recording, called “Traumwerk”, a co-production of Bayerischer Rundfunk, was released in April 2018.