Elja is an Icelandic chamber orchestra. Despite the young age, many of its members have already established themselves as some of the country’s leading performers. As a rule, the players have studied at the Reykjavik College of Music and the Iceland Academy of the Arts before pursuing further education abroad. The ensemble held its debut concert in December 2017 which sold out and received excellent reviews. Elja was nominated as performer of the year at the Icelandic Music Awards 2019. The aim of the ensemble is to give exciting and energetic performances that engage with the audience on a personal level. The ensemble is dedicated to varied and innovative programming and seeks to engage, not just with traditional classical styles, but with a broad a range of musical styles and genres.