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Maite Abasolo Candamio

What’s the best thing about playing with the MCO?

There are a thousands of incredible things about playing with the MCO, but if I have to choose one, I would say being able to make music with this amazing energy, completely trusting in every single musician around you, and knowing that you all have the same goal: to enjoy the artistic contribution you are offering to the universe. Such luck!

What do you need to feel at home whilst on tour?

Good internet connection, sleeping and eating well. 

What is the best thing about being a musician?

In my personal opinion, the best thing about being an artist is working with the emotions, creating something that goes further than what you can see or understand, creating an experience for your soul and connecting with the universe.

The first piece of music you fell in love with?

Dvořák's Serenade for strings in E major, Op. 22. I heard it for the first time when I was a child and I remember thinking, for the first time in my life, that I enjoyed and felt moved by classical music

Which are your Desert Island Discs?

Any of the albums by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.


Born in Bilbao, Maite Abasolo Candamio started playing the viola at the age of nine at the Municipal Conservatory of Leioa. She continued her university studies with Prof. Ashan Pillai in Barcelona and then finished her masters degree in interpretation at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg with Prof. Wolfram Christ, graduating with distinction. 

Since an early age, she has played as Co-Principal and Principal in several youth orchestras, such as the Youth Orchestra of Euskal Herria, the academy orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. 

In 2016 she was an academist in the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg, and has regularly performed with the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona y Nacional de Cataluña, Orquesta de Cadaqués, European Philharmonic of Switzerland, Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatsoper Stuttgart and the hr-Sinfonieorchester among others.

Maite has been a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2017, and is an Associate Member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for the 2020–21 season.