Maija Lampela studied the cello in Turku and Helsinki, with Heikki Rautasalo, Timo Hanhinen and others. In the final stage of her studies, she was offered a chance to play the viola da gamba, and was soon carried away by it. Her enthusiasm for the viol and early music subsequently led her to study early music at the Sibelius Academy with Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, and in masterclasses with, among others, Wieland Kuijken, Paolo Pandolfo and Jonathan Manson.
Maija’s main instrument has long been the bass viol, though in recent years she has more and more turned to the smallest member of the viol family, the pardessus de viole. She has appeared in concert with numerous early music ensembles and orchestras at the Korsholm Music Festival, Janakkala Baroque and the Barokki soi festival in Kajaani, and with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the Kymi Sinfonietta and the Pori Sinfonietta. Her long-standing ensembles are the Trio Barocco and the Jouhi Viol Ensemble. In addition to playing the viol, Maija Lampela does forest and marsh research at the University of Helsinki and teaches the cello at the Töölö Music Institute.