|Maija Lehtonen studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, receiving her Organist's Diploma in 1982, before graduating three years later as the first of the Academy's full-fledged soloists. Abroad she studied with Jon Laukvik in Stuttgart, Germany, Guy Bovet in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Marie-Claire Alain in Paris, France.
Ms. Lehtonen has won several prizes including a special award from the Nordic Organ Competition (Lahti, Finland) in 1980, the first prize in the same competition in 1984, and the second prize in the International Organ Competition "Donato Marrone" in Bari, Italy, in 1989.
At the age of 17 she started her concert career and has since appeared throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, and Russia. In 1988 she was invited as the first Finnish organist to give a recital in the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. During the same year she was named Finland Festival's Young Artist of the Year, which gave her the opportunity to perform in all of the major music festivals in Finland.
|Her various radio and television performances, both at home and abroad, include the film "Finnische Orgellandschaft" with Norddeutscher Rundfunk-television in Germany. She has made about 20 recordings of both solo organ and duo repertoire, the latter with her husband, Manfred Grasbeck, one of Scandinavia's leading violinists.
Currently Ms. Lehtonen directs the Faculty of Organ and is a Senior Lecturer at Oulu Polytechnic School of Music, Dance, and Media, in Oulu, Finland.