Biography

…I am hugely grateful to Maria for her haunting, magical première of ‘Goodwood by the Sea’…she brought my music alive with great sensitivity and made it glow in a way I had not imagined possible…

Roderick Williams, OBE

…All phenomenally played with Marchant’s chameleon-like ability to inhabit each work something to marvel at…

Graham Rickson, Arts Desk

…I could not imagine this music having a better advocate…

Nick Barnard, Music Web-International

Award winning British pianist/conductor Maria Marchant performs frequently for numerous festivals, music societies and at leading venues in 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, Wigmore Hall and the Y Theatre (Hong Kong). A BBC Music Magazine Rising Star, her performances have been featured on radio stations internationally including BBC Radio 3 ‘Breakfast’, ‘In Tune’ and ‘Record Review’, WMNR Radio in the USA and Dr Noël Tredinnick’s ‘All Souls in Praise’ on Premier Christian Radio in addition to TV shows such as the BBC Great British Menu and the BBC One Show. Maria is pianist-in-residence in the Shipley Arts Festival; she frequently collaborates with composers and has had numerous works written for her to premiere, including works by Roderick Williams OBE. Maria’s debut SOMM Recordings CD, Echoes of Land & Sea, was released in 2017 and her ground-breaking second album for SOMM, Bantock Rediscovered, reached No. 15 in the Official Classical Chart, featuring works by Sir Granville Bantock never before recorded on disc.

Maria won numerous piano competitions at Trinity College of Music in addition to the Conducting Prize before gaining the MMus in Advanced Piano Performance at the Royal College of Music as an RCM Hilda Anderson Deane Scholar and BBC Performing Arts Fund Award recipient. She also won Gold Medal and First Prize in the International Hindemith Competition, Berlin, and was selected as an artist on the Concordia, Tillett Trust and Park Lane Group schemes resulting in Wigmore and Southbank appearances. She has studied with many professors including Alexander Ardakov, Philip Colman, Niel Immelman and Yonty Solomon.

Maria has performed for HRH Duchess of Cornwall, celebrities and patients in hospital; she is ambassador for the Concordia Foundation and a member of the Artistic Committee for PLG. 2019-2020 season piano performance highlights include Shostakovich’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Gibbons and solo recitals for Gloucester Music Society and at the Lansdowne Club as part of the Blüthner Piano Centre Series.  Conducting engagements in the 2019-2020 season include conducting at the Lodge Hill Christmas fundraiser with special guests Dame Julie Walters and Julia Donaldson CBE, conducting the All Souls Choir & Orchestra in a live BBC One Show broadcast in addition to leading regular services and events as Choir Leader at All Souls Church.