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, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen and Tapiola Sinfonietta. In 2013 she premiered the viola concerto of Lauri Kilpiö with Jyväskylä Sinfonia, the 2018-2019 season includes e.g. a CD recording of Pehr Henrik Nordgren’s Concerto for viola, double bass and chamber orchestra with Olivier Thiery, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and conductor Juha Kangas.


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 venues as West Cork Chamber Music Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, Delft Chamber Music Festival, Festival Resonances, Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival etc. Alongside the Jean Baptiste Vuillaume viola, on loan by kind permission of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Lilli Maijala also performs on baroque viola.



Georgy Kovalev, born in 1990 in Tiflis (Georgia), is one of the leading violist of his generation. He performed with leading orchestras such as the Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra, New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra and New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra among others .


He is a prize winner and a finalist of international competitions such us Yuri Bashmet International Competition in Moscow, Tokyo International Viola Competition.

In 2011 he received the Neva Foundation Prize awarded by the Verbier Festival.

After studying with Matthias Buchholz and Nobuko Imai at the Kronberg Academy, currently he completes his Master degree  with Tabea Zimmerman at Hfm Hans Eisler in Berlin.


His chamber music partners included Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Steven Isserlis, Yuri Bashmet, Fazil Say, Frans Helmerson, Emanuel Ax, Jörg Widmann, Viviane Hagner, Claudio Bohorquez, Lawrence Lesser, at renowned international music festivals  such as Schubertiade, Verbier Festival, Ravinia Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Rheingau Festival, Kronberg Academy Festival.


Georgy Kovalev has performed at concert venues such as the Victoria Hall(Geneva), Theatre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Kioi Hall (Tokyo), Prinz Regent Theater Hall (Munich), Gordon Bennett Hall (Chicago), Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory.


His future engagements include solo recitals and concertos in USA, Germany, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy, Austria, Greece.

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