Marja Gaynor hails from Finland but is based in Cork, Ireland. She studied at Cork School of Music with Adrian Petcu, where she was awarded a first class honour MA in 2004. She continued her early music studies on violin and viola at The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with Pavlo Beznosiuk.
Marja is a member of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, led by Monica Huggett, and plays violin and viola with Camerata Kilkenny. Both ensembles have released much-acclaimed recordings and toured nationally and internationally. For the IBO’s recent tour of East Coast US Marja was principal viola player. Outside Ireland Marja works with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and other leading period orchestras. She teaches baroque violin in Cork School of Music and since 2013 has been Artistic Director of East Cork Early Music Festival.
Apart from her career as a baroque player, Marja is passionate about new music and has contributed to the Irish contemporary music scene by premiering works with many new music ensembles, including the electro-acoustic group Dublin Sound Lab. Marja is also much sought after as an arranger, studio musician and collaborator in all genres. A recent project, combining old and new, was her critically acclaimed arrangement of Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’ for 4 musicians and 4 singers for Cork Opera House, combining her knowledge of 17th century music with klezmer, tango, traditional music and improvisation. She also arranged and played the strings for ‘Falling Slowly’, winner of the Oscar award in 2008.