Soloist; Co-Artistic Director & Leader – Lurline Chamber Orchestra; Former – Vienna Chamber Orchestra; Australian Chamber Orchestra; Sydney Symphony
Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Maria graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with High Distinction and as Student of the Year. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust Award to further her studies in Vienna. There she was the recipient of the Alban Berg Quartet Foundation Award in 1989.
In 2004, Maria initiated the Blue Mountains Chamber Concerts, of which she was Artistic Director for six years. She actively programs new works and has performed contemporary chamber music with Klangforum Vienna, the Seymour Group Sydney, Alpha Ensemble and Ensemble Offspring. She includes baroque music in her programming and in 2007 performed the entire Mystery Sonatas of Biber, a rarity due to the length and virtuosity of the work, as well as the 15 different scordatura tunings required. Maria was a founding member of the Apollo Trio with whom she performed in Sydney and regional NSW for six years and recorded a CD of Australian piano trios. She has made broadcasts for the ABC and 2MBS-FM.
A passion for making good music regularly accessible to more people has born fruit through Lurline and Blue Mountains metropolitan and regional series. Maria’s programming has won her much praise, not only for the artistic structure of each individual program, but also for allowing new music as well as older but lesser-known works to find their place amongst the established repertoire and to be enjoyed by all audiences.
Maria has held positions with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestra. With these orchestras, she has toured extensively in Australia, North and South America, Europe and Asia. She is an inaugural member of the Australian World Orchestra and will again be performing with AWO in October this year.
Maria has recently established the Lurline Chamber Orchestra, of which she is Leader and Co-Artistic Director. With Lurline she has performed, to great acclaim, the World Premiere and two seasons of the Violin Concerto dedicated to her by Tommy Tycho. Maria is in demand for her vibrant concerto performances, making regular appearances as soloist as well as guest concertmaster with many orchestras. Violin recitals, unaccompanied recitals and chamber music with many of the country’s finest musicians form a regular part of her performance schedule. Maria also teaches at Sydney and Newcastle Conservatoriums.
Last updated 2018