ABOUT

ABOUT

Maija Parko is a Finnish pianist. She studied in the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, with Professor Matti Raekallio and Mr. Ilmo Ranta. Parko gave her debut concert (Ensikonsertti) in 2010 in the Sibelius Academy and is performing actively as a soloist and a chamber musician. She has given concerts in Finland, Spain, Hungary, Norway, Denmark, Wales, Ireland and the USA.

Parko completed her doctorate studies (Doctor of Music) in the Helsinki Art University, DocMus doctoral school in 2016. Her doctorate concerts concentrated on French 20th Century music from in- and outside of the canon: Claude Debussy, Déodat de Séverac, Maurice Ravel, Charles Koechlin, Germaine Tailleferre and Lili Boulanger.

Maija Parko is an open-minded musician who enjoys working with other musicians. She won the 2nd Prize and audience Prize in 2005 in “Concours Grieg”- piano duo competition with pianist Maija Väisänen. She is also highly interested in combining different art genres. In 2012 Parko collaborated with director-writer Juha Siltanen and actor Marc Gassot;  Juha Siltanen wrote a concert-play titled La terre sans ombres, a composer portrait of forgotten composer Déodat de Séverac. 

In 2015 Parko founded a chamber music ensemble KIC/K Ensemble with Annemarie Åström (violin), Mari Palo (soprano) and Kaisa Ranta (soprano). She also teaches piano at Kirkkonummi music institute and in Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. Parko has made several recordings for Finnish broadcasting company YLE. 

Maija Parko has received several grants to support her artistic work from Kone foundation, Wihuri foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Greta and William Lehtinen Foundation, Arts Promotion Finland and Sibelius Academy. In 2021 she received “Pro Musica” Grant for her artistic work.