Biography

…delivered by Marchant with a richness of musicianship that haunts the memory…

Malcolm Hayes, BBC Music Magazine

…I am hugely grateful to Maria for her haunting, magical première of ‘Goodwood by the Sea’ – it was a great compliment to me and a sign of her dedicated professionalism. 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

BBC Music Magazine Rising Star and British pianist Maria Marchant is active as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician and gave her Wigmore Hall and Southbank debuts to critical acclaim. She has performed in many festivals including the Burford Festival, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Cheltenham International Music Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, ‘John Ireland in Chelsea’ Festival, King’s Lynn Festival, Proms Plus and Stratford-upon-Avon Festival.  Maria has also performed for numerous music societies and at many leading venues in the UK and elsewhere and is pianist-in-residence at the Shipley Arts Festival.  A passionate advocate of British music, Maria performs frequently for the John Ireland Trust and regularly features works by Britten, Holst, Ireland and Roderick Williams in her concerts.  Many of her live performances have been broadcast on Radio 3, most recently on ‘In Tune’ and her debut CD, ‘Echoes of Land & Sea’ for SOMM Recordings was released in 2017 gained 5 stars on Classical Ear and 4 stars in the BBC Music Magazine and The Observer with her second CD due for international release later in 2018.

Chamber music highlights include playing as a member of the Stradivarius Piano Trio and working with London Philharmonic Orchestra co-principal clarinettist, Thomas Watmough, at the Shipley Arts Festival.  She frequently performs contemporary music and gave the world premieres of both ‘Goodwood by the Sea’ and ‘Sea Fever’ –  new solo piano works by Roderick Williams written for her and commissioned by the Shipley Arts Festival and John Ireland Trust respectively.

Maria’s many competition successes include First Prize and Gold Medal in the International Hindemith Competition whilst studying for the MMus in Advanced Piano Performance at the Royal College of Music supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund.  She was also awarded the RCM Hilda Anderson Deane Scholarship and was selected as one of RCM’s ‘Rising Stars’ in addition to being a Concordia Foundation, Park Lane Group and Tillett Trust young artist.  Maria gained First Class Honours for the BMus and the Silver Medal for Piano Performance at Trinity Laban and has studied with many professors including Alexander Ardakov, Philip Colman, Niel Immelman and Yonty Solomon.

Maria believes in the significant role of music in health care and is honoured to be resident pianist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital as an ambassador for the Concordia Foundation.