Pia Siirala was born in Helsinki and
studied at the
Sibelius Academy and at the Budapest
Liszt Academy with Professor Vermes Maria. After her diploma she
continued her studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the
class of the
Professor, Zoria Schickmurzaeva.
Following these studies Pia Siirala became the leader of
XXI which she co-founded with Lygia
During the orchestra's tours to the regions
she became acquainted with the music of the indigenous people of the
Russian North. She has collected the music of the Nivkhs
on Sakhalin. Based on these materials she has composed the
following works Nivkh Themes for
string trio and double bass, Ulita for solo violin and Ulita's Walk for string orchestra.