Elina Tikkanen

Influencer, Photographer, Singer, Composer, Runner & Assistant

Guildford, United Kingdom
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Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis cover)

Primrose Collective function band cover

01Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis cover)
02Ain't Nobody (Chaka Khan cover)
03Perfect (original song by Elina)
04Rather Be (Clean Bandit cover)
05Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper cover)
06Need You Now (Lady Antebellum cover)
07Medley ( clips of 6 cover songs)
08Where Are You Now (DisTurn feat. Elina)

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Credits & experience

  • Chris Krunchy "Risk It All" song : Lyricist, vocal performer
  • Songwriting Academy : intensive songwriting course
  • Never Ever Media : Founder member - artist/performance lead, vocals, business, production
  • Lumino Tones (function duo) : singer
  • DisTurn - Elliptic "Where Are You Now" song : singer, topline & lyric writer
  • MiMi (70s' inspired originals band) : lead singer
  • Her Calling (short film) : Composer
  • Neverwas (function band) : lead singer
  • Primrose Collective (function band) : band leader/lead singer
  • Completed Online course with Berklee College of Music with Grade A : Film Scoring (Grade A)
  • Graduated from Academy of Contemporary Music (UK) with First Class Honours : (BMus) Professional Music Performance (majoring in vocals)
  • Elina & Laura (function duo) : lead singer/occasional piano player
  • a week-long Masterclass and performing with Erja Lyytinen : trombonist, backing vocalist
  • Graduated from Conservatory of Kuopio (Finland) with a 1st : Music performance/musician (majoring in contemporary vocals)
  • Elina & Alex (function duo) : a lead singer
  • Completed a high school music diploma (Finland)
  • Footloose (school production) : played a country singer called Irene
  • Completed the last possible Music Institute level (Finland) Euphonium grade : First grade 22/25
  • (Music Institute representative) Brass septet : Euphonium player
  • Pink Balalaika (an all-girl events band) : a lead singer


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Singing styles
  • Pop
  • Rock

Favourite genres
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Indie
  • Metal
  • Electronic
  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Country

Influences: Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Adele, Sia, Abba, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Esperanza Spalding, Hans Zimmer

Having already been known as the neighbourhood’s songbird from my earliest years, I started my formal music education at the age of 6 in my hometown Kouvola (Finland) in a local Music Institute (MI) and have been actively training and expanding my music knowledge ever since.

During my Music Institute studies (1999-2012) I studied Piano (classical 1999-2001 & contemporary 2010-2012), Euphonium (2001-2012), Wind & Brass orchestra (2002-2012) contemporary vocals (2007-2012 /you had to be 15 to start one to one lessons), choir (2000-2008), music theory (classical & contemporary) & acoustic guitar (2008-2010).

Besides the versatile MI studies I spent most of my comprehensive school years (grades 3-9) in a music-oriented school, having extra music lessons, learning music theory, playing in bands, singing in a choir and doing plenty of (choir) recordings and performances.

In junior high school (9th grade) I finally started one to one contemporary vocal lessons and a few months later had my first extensive studio experience as a lead singer, recording a cover album in a local studio. Around the same time I also learned to play the guitar and started to write songs. During this period I also got 2 stipends from my music studies from my school and the MI.

After junior high school I went to high school and along the school, I focused on my MI studies, most notably completing the last possible institute level Euphonium grade with a first (in 2009), picking up the trombone, and starting contemporary piano lessons.

In my high school I completed a wide range of extra music courses (several music history and performance courses, and a high school music diploma with the subject “Human voice as an instrument”). Furthermore, in 2011 I played a country singer “Irene” in my school’s production of “Footloose”.

After high school I took a gap year and focused on my MI studies, whilst working a flexible day job. During this year I had some memorable performance experiences, including my first jazz gig in Kouvola City Hall, earning me my second MI granted stipend. Furthermore, in Spring 2012 I performed a song by Anssi Tikanmäki (a famous Finnish film composer) as the soloist of my Wind Band Orchestra, while the composer himself was accompanying me.

In Autumn of 2012 I moved to Kuopio to start my professional music studies in the Conservatory of Kuopio. Although I majored in contemporary vocals, I became predominantly known as a multi-instrumentalist, regularly playing trombone and euphonium (and sometimes keys) in workshops and gigs.

The conservatory studies were designed to create well-rounded musicians and with all the compulsory and optional subjects my studies included: 3 years of contemporary music theory (and exams), a Sibelius notation software course, a music business course, performance studies, music technology studies, piano studies (first compulsory afterward as optional), weekly one to one vocal and trombone lessons, a range of music workshops (jazz, rock, Latin, traditional dance music and Schlagers, pop, soul & fusion, percussion and function/party band repertoire workshops), specified vocal studies (traditional folk music, jazz improvisation, gospel, musical theatre repertoire and A Cappella singing), a range of self-planned showcases acting as the Musical Director and lead singer (Celine Dion tribute, original music concert, acoustic arrangements showcase, jazz standard showcase and a Whitney Houston tribute) and an instrument specific technical exam (etudes, sight reading, scales, jazz solos and a range of songs), which earned me (85/100 points) one of the best scores by a vocalist in the history of the school.

Furthermore, I took alto saxophone lessons for a year, learned to do complex music transcriptions and became a fluent sight-reader.

Some highlights of my studies included a week-long Masterclass playing trombone and singing backing vocals for Erja Lyytinen (famous Finnish Blues artist), playing in 11 different bands during our 5-day “On Fire” festival in 2015, performing with a symphonic orchestra for the first time playing the trombone (in 2014) and writing (and co-writing), recording and mixing my own music for my thesis. All my study efforts paid off: I graduated with a first, overall top grades and got another stipend.

3 months after finishing my Conservatory studies I moved to England and started my BMus Contemporary vocal performance studies in Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford. The next 2 years were spent focusing on songwriting, arrangement and artistry, in my chosen “Artist Development” pathway.

During my ACM years, I was taught be a range of industry professionals including Jono McNeil, Paul Turner, Katie Hector, John Gallen, Mike McNally, Brian Henry and Mike Nichols to name a few. On top of the compulsory studies I was an active participant on several of the school’s extra-curriculum workshops (Loft song-writing sessions, World Tour Workshop, Jazz Workshop, Americana Workshop, vocal technique workshop and vocal jazz workshop). Furthermore, I participated in a range of masterclasses including Carla Marie Williams, Divinity Roxx, Drifters, and Newton Faulkner to name a few.

Towards the end of my studies I became increasingly interested in film scoring and orchestral arranging. As a result, I wrote my dissertation about Hans Zimmer’s influence on contemporary film music: transcribing and analysing a range of scores by various composers in the process. For my practical project I prepared 6 “film theme song” arrangements of well-known pop songs.

Since graduating from ACM I’ve been busy building my career, founding a function band (Primrose Collective), a function duo (Lumino Tones), writing my own music as well as collaborating and writing for/with others. Furthermore, I completed an Online Film Scoring with Berklee (with a first) and have been doing plenty of session vocal/musician work for various acts/projects.


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Part-time professional (paid work)

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