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Lilli Maijala

Lilli Maijala gave her first solo performance with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra at the age of
17 and has since appeared regularly as both a soloist and a chamber musician on stages
across Europe.
In recent years she has appeared with orchestras including the Helsinki Philharmonic, the
Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Lahti, Camerata Salzburg, Folkwang
Kammerorchester Essen and Tapiola Sinfonietta. In 2013 she premiered the viola concerto
of Lauri Kilpiö with Jyväskylä Sinfonia. In 2018 she recorded, together with the
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, conductor Juha Kangas and bass player Olivier Thiery
the concerto for viola, double bass and chamber orchestra by Pehr Henrik Nordgren.
Lilli Maijala studied the viola at the Sibelius Academy, Hochschule für Musik Detmold and
the Edsberg Chamber Music Institute with teachers such as Teemu Kupiainen, Diemut
Poppen and Lars Anders Tomter. A first prize winner of the viola competition Klassik
Festival Ruhr, held in conjunction with music academies across Europe, Maijala has won
numerous awards, including second prize at the Nordic Viola Competition and special
prizes at the ARD Competition Munich and Tokyo International Viola Competition.
Maijala was a member of the critically acclaimed, fearless quartet-lab with cellist Pieter
Wispelwey and violinists Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Pekka Kuusisto. Based in Amsterdam,
she’s currently dividing her time between the teaching post at the Sibelius Academy and
international music festivals as West Cork, IMS Prussia Cove, Resonances, Peasmarsh,
Schiermonnikoog. Alongside the Jean Baptiste Vuillaume viola, on loan by kind permission
of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Lilli Maijala also performs on baroque viola.