Lithuanian-born violist ULA ULIJONA began her studies in her own city, Vilnius, later graduating as solo violist at the Berlin Musikhochschule “Hanns Eisler” with Tabea Zimmermann and at the “Basel Academy of Music” with Hatto Bayerle.
Since 1997 she has been First Solo Viola of the Kremerata Baltica – the prestigious chamber orchestra founded and led by violinist Gidon Kremer – with which she has played all over the World.
She is First Viola of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, the Italian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, since 2010.
Ula Ulijona has been awarded many international contests, one of the most important being the “William Primrose” in Chicago. In Munich (Germany) she won the “Die tz-Rose fur die Woche” prize, with the “Sonata for viola and piano” op. 147 by Dmitri Shostakovich.
She has performed as a soloist with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Winterthur Symphony Orchestra, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in famous venues and halls like the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Boston Symphony Hall and the Tokyo Suntory Concert Hall.
As a chamber musician she works with Juri Bashmet, David Geringas, Gidon Kremer, Renaud Capucon, Sol Gabetta, Tatjana Grindenko, Baiba Skride, Christiane Oelze, Heinz Holliger, Nikolaj Znaider, the Keller Quartet, the Royal Quartet, the Petersen Quartet and the Szymanovsky Quartet.
Ula Ulijona holds master classes in Italy and abroad. He plays an instrument made by Matteo Goffriller, Venice, in 1722.