For Maya Kriegen - 80

Singer (mezzo-soprano) Maija Kriegen was born on May 17, 1939 in Ranka .

"I am a real peasant, from Ranka. My parents worked in a dairy. ” (Day, 5/19/1999)

Studied violin at Liepāja Music High School, then continued to play the violin at the Latvian State Conservatory for 3 years. Then she realized that her real vocation was singing, and she re-entered the conservatory's vocal department. After graduating, she was invited to become a soloist at the Opera and Ballet Theater, where she performed more than 20 roles. He then became a soloist with the National Philharmonic. In the 1970s and 1980s, M. Kriegen was considered a benchmark for chamber singing in Latvia.

In 2019, Maija Kriegen received the Grand Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.

"I have always wanted to be a musician. It was the violin that brought me into the world of music with its romantic breath, and the song, with its spiritual richness, made me find myself. ” (Dzirkstele, 03.08.1980)