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Maija Karklina


Maija Karklina (piano) is a senior lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. She was born in 1987 in Jelgava, Latvia. Starting at the age of six she was taught by pianist Silvija Audre. In 2007 she continued her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz with Otto Niederdorfer and Chia Chou. She also attended master classes by Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Boris Beresowski, Michail Woskressenski, Henri Sigfridsson and Bruno Canino. Maija won several international competitions including the first prize at the Claudio Arrau Piano Competition in Chile and at the international piano competition Forum per tasti in Slovakia. She performs regularly as a soloist and accompanist in Austria, Latvia and Slovakia and is an active member of various chamber as well as contemporary music ensembles (for instance the award-winning Karklina Trio). In the 2016/2017 und 2017/2018 seasons she performed as soloist at the Wiener Musikverein with the Ensemble Kontrapunkte conducted by Peter Keuschnig.

Upcoming Performances

Video 10/21/2018: Target Family NIght: Lana Berakovic & Maija Karklina

Violin and piano duo Lana Berakovic and Maija Karklina will introduce children and their families to the world of classical music as part of the Kids Euro Festival, one of the largest performing arts festivals for children in America. For their first performance in the U.S., the two musicians travel all the way from Austria, home to world-famous composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Arnold Schönberg, and Johann Strauss. The duo belongs to the ensemble of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria’s oldest university of music.

Presented as a part of Kids Euro Festival.

Maija Karklina