Ellinor D’Melon stepped in at 72 hours notice for for James Ehnes, and made her debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Her debut was made at the Miguel Delibes Auditorium in Valladolid, Spain, under the baton of the Jaime Martín.

Prior to the concert, in an interview, Martín said: “We were lucky that Ellinor D’Melon was free. Her story is absolutely fantastic. She is Jamaican, from cuban parents and came to study with Bron when she was 10 at the Reina Sofia school. She’s one of those cases of someone that is very young with an exceptional talent. We have done Tchaikovsky in several occasions… in Sweden, Ireland, Spain, and we even recorded it ! She is fantastic and I’m very happy she’s going to make her debut with Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León.”

Enrique García Revilla of Scherzo writes “Ellinor D’Melon, what a soloist ! D’Melon was ruthless in character. Her expressiveness is brave, courageous and very personal, since she avoided the sweet Tchaikovsky without mannerisms and finds emotion and expression in her energetic interpretation. Perfectly assembled with the orchestra and without entering the director’s grounds, she offered a very personal reading of this well-known concerto, and demonstrated her own language with the instrument, a type of expression by virtue of which the soloist would be perfectly identifiable among various violinists in a blind performance.”

Before the concert, Ellinor was interviewed by violinist Renata Michalek. Listen to the interview here.