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Photographed at Steinway Hall, London on the 9th June 2017 by Steven Peskett

Maria Marchant

“..Enterprising and imaginative programming..played with imaginative verve, sensitivity and technical accomplishment…”  Ian Lace, Music Web-International

British pianist and BBC Music Magazine Rising Star Maria Marchant has performed at numerous leading venues around the UK and abroad including Cadogan Hall, Champs Hill, Konzerthaus (Berlin), Southbank Centre, St David’s Hall (Cardiff), St John’s Smith Square, Steinway Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Wigmore Hall.  Active as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, 2017 engagements include recitals for the Burford, Edinburgh Fringe and King’s Lynn Festivals in addition to an appearance as a guest on BBC Radio 3 In Tune.  Maria’s debut SOMM CD ‘Echoes of Land & Sea’ was released in September to critical acclaim, gaining 5 stars on Classical Ear and 4 stars in the Observer.  The CD features three premiere recordings including two new solo piano works composed by Roderick Williams.  Maria is pianist-in-residence at the Shipley Arts Festival and ambassador for the Concordia Foundation.

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New review out on Arts Desk!

“…a superb transcription of…“Sea Fever”…by the baritone Roderick Williams…Goodwood by the Sea, a wonderfully realised sea picture…All phenomenally played, with Marchant’s chameleon-like ability to inhabit each work something to marvel at.” Graham Rickson

http://www.theartsdesk.com/classical-music/classical-cds-weekly-bach-morton-feldman-maria-marchant


Maria is a BBC Music Magazine Rising Star in the November 2017 issue!


Music Web-International – new review now out!

“Full marks here for enterprising and imaginative programming…played with imaginative verve, sensitivity and technical accomplishment…Roderick Williams’ free piano transcription of Ireland’s Sea Fever: salty, breezy strongly flowing and vivaciously original….She most definitely brings this (Williams’ Goodwood by the Sea) tremendously evocative music to life on this album and it certainly deserves to become a standard British solo piano repertory item. For me it is the standout item on this album…” Ian Lace

Read the full review here:

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2017/Oct/Echoes_land_SOMMCD0174.htm


The new SOMM CD ‘Echoes of Land & Sea’ is being featured on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 30th September on Andrew McGregor’s Record Review!  Listen back on the following link at 1.50.57:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0965q4v#play


New 4 star review in the Observer:

“…Marchant excels…but is most impressive in Kenneth Leighton’s Six Studies Op 56, from 1969, displaying cool control in the monolithic chordal movements and great dexterity in the highly complex contrapuntal sections. Other treats include a new piano piece from the baritone Roderick Williams, a blue-skied and sunny Goodwood by the Sea….” Stephen Pritchard

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/sep/24/various-echoes-of-land-and-sea-review-maria-marchant-piano


First review is out – 5 stars on Classical Ear!

“…What tingling hush and concentration Marchant brings to the concluding ‘Night’ from Britten’s youthful Holiday Diary, and how deftly she showcases a sequence of six Holst piano works composed between 1924 and 1932…”  Andrew Achenbach

http://classicalear.co.uk/posts/NTJiN2JmZDhmOGFmYzE


Maria’s CD launch on 18th September saw the world premiere of a new solo piano work composed by Roderick Williams OBE – Sea Fever reimagined!


Listen back to Maria’s live performances and interview on BBC Radio 3 In Tune here!:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b092k8mh


Photo from BBC Radio 3 In Tune!


Maria’s ‘Meet the Artist’ interview is now available on the Cross-Eyed Pianist Blog:

https://meettheartist.site/2017/08/30/maria-marchant-pianist/


The new SOMM CD ‘Echoes of Land & Sea’ was featured on Wycombe Sound Radio recently – listen back at 17:20 on the following link!

http://listenagain.wycombesound.org.uk/index.php/shows/sunday-classics-amanda/


BBC Radio 3 In Tune – Maria is delighted to be featuring on ‘In Tune’ on Wednesday 30th August to perform excerpts from hew new SOMM CD, ‘Echoes of Land & Sea’ between 4:30-6pm!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3


Read about Maria’s SOMM CD ‘Echoes of Land & Sea’ in the Pianist Magazine: https://www.pianistmagazine.com/news/piano-news/pianist-maria-marchant-releases-debut-album


Book your place at Maria’s SOMM CD launch on Monday 18th September to hear the world premiere of Roderick Williams’ Sea Fever, introduced by the composer! Invitation is below:


Echoes of Land & Sea is available to pre-order on the SOMM Recordings website: https://www.somm-recordings.com/recording/echoes-of-land-sea/


Maria will be performing Finzi’s Eclogue on Saturday 19th August in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! https://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/event/757740-music-at-lunchtime/


Burford Festival Finale 2017 Concert Photos are out! Click on Maria’s Facebook page to see the photos from this concert with the Burford Singers conducted by Brian Kay!
https://www.facebook.com/mariamarchantpf/


Chichester Cathedral performance from 14th June – review is out and available here:
http://bit.ly/2v7hzFq


Schubert’s Trout Quintet at Knepp Castle! Please click here to read some recent press:
http://bit.ly/2eV0okk


Maria’s return visit to perform for the Sunderland Pianoforte Society is coming up on Tuesday 14th February!  Book on the following link to hear a popular programme celebrating Valentine’s Day through works by Granados, Prokofiev and Beethoven: http://sunderlandpianofortesociety.org/


Hear Maria perform in the exciting ‘Music Talks’ series – come and discover works by Grieg, Albeniz, Moeran and Copland in this fascinating event on Wednesday 8th February: http://musictalks.org.uk/courses/what-am-i-listening-to/


New on YouTube: video footage of the Shipley Arts Festival at Goodwood!  Click on the link to hear clips of Maria performing ‘Goodwood by the Sea’ by Roderick Williams and Mozart’s Piano Concerto K414 No. 12 in A major: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQUkeKasL9w


Hear Maria perform in Ribble Valley for the Clitheroe Concerts Society this autumn of 5th October: http://clitheroeconcerts.org/homepage/maria-marchant/


Just released: a review of Maria’s return recital in King’s Lynn! http://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/local/latest-local-news/king-s-lynn-festival-review-maria-marchant-coffee-concert-1-7499472


Tickets are now available for Maria’s recital for the King’s Lynn Festival 2016: http://www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk/whats-on?vieweventdetails&eventid=279&event=Coffee-Concert-Maria-Marchant


‘Poetic Piano’ – Maria’s recital for the Steyning Festival featuring piano works inspired by poetry by Schumann/Liszt, Debussy, Ireland and Liszt is sold out!  http://www.steyningfestival.co.uk/whats-on/poetic-piano-51


Festival Recitals – book now! Maria will be performing for the Cheltenham Plus, King’s Lynn, Steyning and Shipley Arts Festivals this summer.  Information can be found on the following link: http://www.mariamarchant.com/concerts/


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A pre concert photo: just before the world premiere of ‘Goodwood Variations’ composed by Roderick Williams for the opening concert of the Shipley Arts Festival!


News from the Shipley Arts Festival 2016 launch: Maria will be performing on 10th April at the iconic Goodwood Ballroom in aid of the Friends of Sussex Hospices.  The Bernardi Chamber Ensemble and Maria will be giving the world premiere of ‘Goodwood Variations’, a new work by Roderick Williams commissioned by the Shipley Arts Festival and Maria will also be premiering Roderick’s ‘Goodwood by the Sea’ for solo piano in addition to performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K414 No. 12.  Tickets are available here: https://www.thecapitolhorsham.com/whats-on/allshows/goodwood-variations-concert/


Ireland: A performer’s perspective – listen to Maria speaking about performing John Ireland’s piano works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHTQml3o2Mc


Listen back to Maria’s PLG lunchtime recital at St Martin-in-the-Fields featuring works by Ginastera, Ireland, Balakirev and Liszt! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhMvOUJwmvQ


Worcester Concert Club recital series is announced  – Maria’s recital on 28th February 2016: http://www.worcserenade.co.uk/concerts_1516.php#concert6


Maria’s recent performance of Haydn’s Sonata XVI:44 in G minor on Radio 3 is available on the following iplayer link at 1.44.03: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/b060pp8t


Maria Marchant will be performing in the John McCabe Memorial Concert at Southbank Centre – the concert will be recorded by Radio 3 for later broadcast.  For programme information, please click here:  http://www.mariamarchant.com/event/john-mccabe-memorial-concert-southbank/


A concerto appearance with the European Union Chamber Orchestra of Mozart’s Piano Concerto K414 in Suffolk – more details available here: http://www.oldgranarystudio.co.uk/Dreamweaver%20Site/Granary%20Template/template009/Concerts%202015.html


Harris Music Club – a commemorative lunchtime programme featuring works by Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Ireland and Ravel. http://www.mariamarchant.com/event/lunchtime-solo-recital-3/


Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff on Tuesday evening at St Martin-in-the-Fields in a solo piano recital. http://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/event/rhapsody-in-blue-2/


A commemorative programme entitled ‘Conflicts and Memories – the First World War’ in the Cambridge Summer Music Festival featuring works by Ireland, Rachmaninoff, Ravel and many more: http://www.cambridgesummermusic.com/events/view/150