Marina Väisä


Organ

Marina Väisä graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 2004, specialising in organ (class of Tatiana Chausova) and harpsichord (class of Ivan Rozanov), and in 2005 she graduated from the Jean Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, specialising in organ (class of Olli Porthan). Also undertook a postgraduate study at the St Petersburg Conservatoire.

Has taken part in master-classes given by Ludger Lohmann, Jon Laukvik, Wolfgang Zerer, Pieter van Dijk and Lorenzo Ghielmi. As a grant-recipient of the Gartow Stiftung she continued to study at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Stuttgart under Ludger Lohmann.

From 1991–2013 she was organist and chorus director at the St Georgy evangelical Lutheran Church in Koltushi (Leningradskaya Oblast). Since 2009 she has been principal organist of the St Petersburg Cathedral of St Mary. In 2010 the Finnish company Martti Porthan undertook work to install a neo-baroque organ in the cathedral. Marina Vyaizya took part in a commission to develop its design and was the curator responsible for the instrument’s installation.

As head organist of the cathedral she organises concerts that are open to all. On two occasions she has received the special prize at the International Mikael Tariverdiev Organ Competition. As a diploma-recipient at the competition she undertook a recital tour to Great Britain.

Since 2005 she has been a teacher at the faculty of organ and harpsichord at the St Petersburg Conservatoire. From 2001–2014 she was a teacher at the Theological Institute of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Ingria, and from 2010-2015 was a teacher at the faculty of organ, harpsichord and carillon at the St Petersburg State Conservatoire.

Frequently gives recitals at venues throughout St Petersburg. Tours in Finland, Sweden, Great Britain and Germany.

In 2012 together with mezzo-soprano Elena Yeremeyeva she released the audio recording Baroque Music for Mezzo-Soprano and Organ.

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