Ilari Angervo has been the principal viola of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1990. He studied violin at the Sibelius Academy under Leena Siukonen until he switched to viola with Helge Valtonen and Jouko Mansnerus. He graduated with the highest possible grades.
Angervo also studied at the Berlin School of Art from 1988 to 1990 under Wolfram Christ and also received additional studies from Matti Hirvikanka and Rainer Moog. As a principal viola of the Finnish National Opera Orchestra, Angervo worked from 1987 to 1988. Angervo is a founding member of the renowned New Helsinki Quartet. In addition, he can be seen playing with the Finnish Chamber Orchestra, Avanti !, Kerberos and the New Rent Quartet. Angervo has performed with RSO and most other Finnish orchestras. He has premiered Jouni Kaipainen's viola concerto with Tapiola Sinfonietta and Hannu Linnu in 1999 and Juha T. Koskinen's Hamlet-Machine with Zagros Ensemble in 2000.