Maria Marchant, piano

‘…the prodigiously gifted Maria Marchant.....another promising pianist of clean fingers and ambition.....Maria Marchant's unfussy, emotionally charged and superbly virtuosic playing caught Leighton's brand of fierce romantic mysticism.......the whole series ended with Kenneth Hesketh's Poetic Conceits which Marchant played with consummate mastery.’

The Times, The Classical Source and Musical Pointers - reviewing Maria’s Southbank debut at the Purcell Room

‘…a piano recital of pure joy….wonderfully expressive….today’s recitalist was conqueror.’  

Lynn News - reviewing Maria’s performance in the King’s Lynn Festival

Maria Marchant studied at Junior Trinity before entering Trinity College of Music in 2003 where she won numerous awards and prizes including the Eric Falk Trust (Concerto Playing), John Halford (Contemporary Music), John Ireland, Alfred Kitchin (Chopin) and the John Longmire (Beethoven).  Having graduated with First Class Honours and gaining the Silver Medal for Piano Performance, Maria was one of four musicians to be awarded the BBC Performing Arts Fund Education Bursary which funded her MMus in Advanced Piano Performance at the Royal College of Music.  She was also selected by the RCM as one of the 2009 ‘Rising Stars’ and was awarded First Prize and Gold Medal in the International Hindemith Competition 2008 in Berlin and the RCM Hilda Anderson Deane Scholarship.  Maria has studied with many professors including Philip Colman, Philip Fowke, Niel Immelman and Yonty Solomon and has been selected as a young artist on three schemes: the Concordia Foundation, Park Lane Group and the Tillett Trust.  Maria gave her Wigmore Hall debut in September 2010 performing a programme of English Fantasies and her Southbank debut at the Purcell Room in January 2010, performing works by Kenneth Leighton and Kenneth Hesketh as part of the Park Lane Group Young Artist New Year Series. 

As a concerto soloist, Maria has wide experience and has performed concerti ranging from Bach’s D minor concerto to Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody and 2nd Piano Concerto.  She has performed in many venues such as the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall (RCM), Arundel Castle, Blackheath Concert Halls, Blüthner Piano Centre, Britten Theatre (RCM), Cadogan Hall, Cheltenham Town Hall, Draper’s Hall, Duke’s Hall (RAM), Fairfield Halls (Croydon), Kensington Palace, Konzerthaus (Berlin), National Gallery, Purcell Room (Southbank Centre), the Ritz, Royal Opera House, Somerset House, Steinway Hall, St. David’s Hall (Cardiff), St. James’s Piccadilly, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Wigmore Hall.  Maria has performed in many masterclasses taken by renowned pianists such as William Aide, Leif Ove Andsnes, Noriko Ogawa, Kathryn Stott and Melvyn Tan.  

A frequent recitalist, Maria has participated in a vast array of music festivals including the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival, King’s Lynn Festival and the 2008 and 2009 Proms Plus Series.   A member of BBC Symphony Chorus, she performed as pianist in William Mathias’ Shakespeare Songs at the Teatro Leal in San Cristobel de Laguna in December 2009 and also performed as pianist in the Radio 3 recording of works by Gordon Crosse, Jonathan Dove and John Joubert with the BBC Symphony Chorus.  Recent performances include a recital for the Beethoven Piano Society, a performance with acclaimed baritone Roddy Williams in the 'John Ireland in Chelsea' Festival 2012 and a chamber music performance in Monte Carlo as a young artist in association with the Concordia Foundation.  Future engagements include a recital for the Bishop Auckland Music Society and performances in the Shipley Arts Festival 2013.

www.mariamarchant.com

Performances with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra