Max plays a pre-album release show

Max Lilja is a Finnish cellist and a composer known as one of the most versatile and adventurous cellists of all time. Lilja has studied cello at the notorious Sibelius Academy. Lilja has released two solo albums of electronic cello music, Morphosis, 2015 and Plays Electronica By One Cello, 2013. Max Lilja is a co-founder of the million selling cello rock band Apocalyptica. Lilja is also known for his diverse work as a master of acoustic and electric cello both in studio and on stage with many artists including recording and worldwide touring with the Finnish cross over soprano Tarja Turunen from 2007 onwards.

Max Lilja showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. At the age of five, when other children started to recognize colours and shapes of letter in alphabet, he became highly attentive to melodies created by playing his first violin. Two years later, he switched to cello, which had stayed his life passion ever since and he was accepted to the Junior Academy of Sibelius Academy when he was ten. After years of studying and playing in various symphony orchestras, in 1996, Apocalyptica was created with Max (being only 21 years old) as one of the founders. In the following years, the band released three albums (Plays Metallica By Four Cellos in 1996, Inquisition Symphony in 1998 and Cult in 2000).

After leaving Apocalyptica in early 2000s, it seems Max unveiled his full potential – besides being a cellist in Finnish National Opera Orchestra, he became member of a multi genre metal band Hevein and a Finnish folk-pop band Tekijä Tuntematon, whose music is based on Finnish poetry. In 2007, after initial ideas of solo album and searching for “the sound” of electrified cello, he started touring and recording with former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen. Eventually, in 2013, his first solo album Plays Electronica By One Cello was released.

Max will release his 3rd solo album, “10000 Miens”, during the first half of 2018.


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