Lilli Maijala, viola

One of Scandinavia’s most sought-after string players, Lilli Maijala has carved out a distinguished voice as a violist in all elements of musical engagement. Since 2011 she has been Head of Viola Faculty at the famed Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and has concurrently appeared regularly as both soloist and chamber musician on stages throughout Europe. 

Having made her solo debut at the age of 17 with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra, Maijala has been no stranger to the unique role of a viola soloist. She has appeared in performance as a featured artist with orchestras including the Helsinki Philharmonic, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen and Tapiola Sinfonietta. She gave the world premiere of Lauri Kilpiö’s Viola Concerto with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia in 2013. More recently, she made a recording of Pehr Henrik Nordgren’s Concerto for Viola, Double Bass and Chamber Orchestra alongside bassist Olivier Thiery, Juha Kangas and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. This 2019 Alba Records release was received with excellent reviews.

She has been recognized by critical acclaim at numerous international competitions, including the Munich ARD Competition, the Nordic Viola Competition and the Viola Space Tokyo International Viola Competition. In 2003 she took first prize at the Klassik Festival Ruhr, held in conjunction with various music academies all across Europe.

Currently based in Amsterdam, Lilli is in considerable demand, dividing her time between her teaching post and many international venues such as West Cork Chamber Music Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, Festival Resonances, Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival, Oslo Kammermusikkfest, Musikdorf Ernen and Delft Chamber Music Festival. She was previously a member of the highly acclaimed quartet-lab with members cellist Pieter Wispelwey, violinists Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Pekka Kuusisto.

After extensive studies throughout Germany and Scandinavia with Diemut Poppen and Lars Anders Tomter (among others), she now cherishes the opportunity to actively participate in the molding of a new generation of violists. Maijala plays primarily on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume viola from 1870, on loan by kind permission of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, as well as on a baroque viola.

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