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

BBC Music Magazine Rising Star and British pianist Maria Marchant is active as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician since giving her Wigmore Hall and Southbank debuts to critical acclaim, performing for numerous festivals at many leading venues in the UK, Europe and Asia 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).  Active as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, appearances have included the Burford, Edinburgh Fringe and King’s Lynn Festivals.  ‘Echoes of Land & Sea’, Maria’s debut SOMM CD was released last year and featured on both BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’ and ‘Record Review’.  Many composers have written works for Maria to premiere, most recently internationally acclaimed baritone and composer Roderick Williams OBE.

Maria is a passionate advocate of British music and her revolutionary SOMM release earlier this year, ‘Bantock Rediscovered’, featured first recordings of selected works by Sir Granville Bantock, never before heard on disc and released in the composer’s 150th anniversary year.  Chamber music highlights include playing as a member of the Stradivarius Piano Trio in addition to working with LPO co-principal clarinettist, Thomas Watmough.  Her many competition successes include First Prize and Gold Medal in the International Hindemith Competition and being selected as an RCM ‘Rising Star’ as an RCM Hilda Anderson Deane Scholar studying for the MMus in Advanced Piano Performance at the Royal College of Music supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund.  Maria gained First Class Honours for the BMus and the Silver Medal for Piano Performance at Trinity Laban and was selected as an artist on the Tillett Trust, Park Lane Group and Concordia Foundation.  She has studied with many professors including Alexander Ardakov, Philip Colman, Niel Immelman and Yonty Solomon.

Maria is an ambassador for the Concordia Foundation, pianist-in-residence at the Shipley Arts Festival and guest blogger for Gramophone Magazine.