‘Echoes of Land & Sea’ for SOMM Recordings was launched in 2017 at All Souls’ Church, London with Maria giving the world premiere of Roderick Williams’ free transcription of Ireland’s iconic ‘Sea Fever’ for solo piano. Maria performed live excerpts from the CD for BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’ as pictured and the disc was also reviewed favourably on BBC Radio 3 Record Review. The CD launch itself raised funds for ASLAN – All Souls’ homeless mission and the new Roderick Williams piano works were introduced by the composer.
Maria is a passionate advocate of British music and the John Ireland Trust sponsor many of her concerts. She has also performed for the Sir Arthur Bliss Society and has appeared at many of the UK’s leading Festivals and Societies, including Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Cheltenham International Festival, Clitheroe Concerts Society, Steyning Festival and Worcester Concert Club in addition to giving the premiere at the sold-out opening concert of the Shipley Arts Festival of Roderick Williams’ ‘Goodwood by the Sea’ for solo piano and ‘Fight or Flight’ for piano and string orchestra – highlights are here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQUkeKasL9w
Recent projects have included themed recitals such as ‘Conflicts and Memories – the First World War’, featuring works composed during the war years by Debussy, Ravel and Rachmaninoff and ‘Poetic Piano’, a recital exploring the significant influence of poetry in piano repertoire. Maria is a member of the Stradivarius Piano Trio with Andrew Bernardi, violin and Jonathan Few, cello and as pianist-in-residence at the Shipley Arts Festival, she performs chamber music frequently with performances featuring Messaien’s Quartet for the End of Time with LPO co-principal clarinettist Thomas Watmough, Schumann’s Piano Quintet, Schubert’s Trout Quintet and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor.
For Maria’s full biography, please click here: https://www.mariamarchant.com/biography/