LIINA LEIJALA
Cello
Professor at the Wiener Musikakademie 
Director at the Baremboim-Said Foundation Center 
From July 7 to 12, 2018 

 

 

The cellist Liina Leijala was born in 1984 in Keuruu, Finland. She studied at the Sibelius Academy with Heikki Rautasalo and Marko Ylönen, as well as at the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid, with Ralf Gothoni. In the spring of 2012, she finished her Master studies at the Sibelius Academy with the highest grades. In addition, she completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Music and Dramatic Art in Vienna. 

Currently, Leijala is a violoncello teacher at the Wiener Musikakademie and at the Barenboim-Said Foundation. She is a cellist in Trio Global.

Liina Leijala has been a finalist in the EBU Young Soloist Competition and winner of numerous international competitions, such as International Gaetano Zinetti Competition and Majano Chamber Music Competition. Leijala’s Gironcoli Cuarteto won the International Chamber Music Competition in Bled, in 2013. She has also worked with the Barbirolli Quartet in London.

She is nominated for the "Young Talents" concert series at the Musikverein in Vienna, where she debuted at the opening concert of the 2013 season. She has performed as a soloist throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. 

He has performed as a soloist cellist at the Orchestra Academy of Vienna Philharmonic, 2009-2011. He has also collaborated with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and often performs with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists Chamber Orchestra. He is a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra. The spring of 2013 is chosen by the European The Systema, a project of the Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Pianist and orchestra conductor Ralf Gothoni and pianist Ferenc Rados have been outstanding references for her. Leijala has the support of the Wihuri Foundation, Wegelius Foundation and Pro Musica Foundation.

The instrument of Liina Leijala is a Vincenzo Postiglione of 1896, by which Leijala shows her thanks to the Finnish Culture Foundation.