Anoka, Minnesota, who grew up in a musical
family: She and her sisters,
Kristina and Jenny Lind, were taught violin by their grandpa; Their mother,
Orrell, was a pianist.
the Curtis Institute of Music and the Interlochen Center for the arts, and studied
under Ivan Galamian, Jamie Laredo and Paul Makanowitzky.
whom she has worked include Ensemble Capriccio, the Lake Wobegon String Quartet, the Minneapolis Artists
Ensemble, the Minneapolis Philharmonic Orchestra, the Minnesota Bach
Ensemble, the Minnesota Chamber Players, the Minnesota Orchestra, Musical
Offering, the Nilsson Quartet the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, the
Pittsburgh Chamber Players, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber
Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific.
July 1993, she was one of several musicians to interpret Michael Daugherty’s
new composition, “Dead Elvis”, at Ted Mann Concert Hall.
The Lake Wobegon String Quartet appeared on A Prairie Home Companion on 27th January 1996, where
they performed on “Anoka, the Home of My Dreams (Vienna, City of My
Dreams”, “Blue Skirt Waltz/Du, du, liegst
mir en Herzen/Tell Me
Why”, La Influenza, “Plaisir d’Amor”, “String
Quartet” by Claude Debussy, and excerpts from string quartets #s 11
& 13 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
June 2003, the Nilsson Quartet visited A
Prairie Home Companion, where they accompanied on “Campfire
Conversation”, “Guy Noir Theme”, “Majesty of the
West”, “My Love is Like a Red Red
Rose”, “Powdermilk Biscuit Theme”,
“Red River Valley (Housatonic Valley)”, “Summertime”,
“Tishomingo Blues”, “Train Time”, “What’ll
I Do?” and “Whoo-Pee Ti Yi Yo (Git Along, Little Dogies)”.
Members of the
SPCO interpreted Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Brandenburg Concertos”
on 14th, 15th & 16th December 2007.
which Elsa appears include: Bach with the Minnesota Chamber
Players; Just for You by Gladys
Knight; Lake Wobegon
U.S.A. by Garrison Keillor; Moon Country by Prudence Johnson; Morten Lauridsen: Mid-Winter Songs by The Singers;
Open My Heart by Yolanda Adams; Provocative by Johnny Gill; Rainbow by Mariah Carey; Rhythm Nation 1814 by Janet Jackson;
Trumpet Works by Gary Bordner; The
Winds of Christmastide with the Minneapolis Philharmonic Orchestra; and
Winter Morning Walks by the
Australian Chamber Orchestra, the SPCO, Maria Schneider & Dawn Upshaw.
In the field
of music education, she has served on the faculties of the Curtis Institute
of Music and the Meadowmount School.