Maria McGarry Pianist
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A unique blend of artistry, musicianship and technical finesse have established Maria McGarry as one of Ireland's leading pianists. Her insightful interpretations have been described as "spine-tingling", Ëœmesmerising" and "utterly compelling" by critics. Performing a prolific repertoire that ranges from Bach to newly composed music, Maria is much loved by audiences for her expressive style and charismatic presence onstage.

A vibrant career has featured solo recitals in major venues in the U.S., Europe and throughout Ireland. Notable venues include London's Wigmore Hall, Warsaw's National Philharmonie, New York's Lincoln Centre, Aspen Music Festival, and Geneva's 'Palais de Nations' amongst others. Her debut recital at the National Concert Hall, Dublin was noted by critics as 'impeccable' and lauded as 'a model of how to let music speak for itself'. Since then she is much sought after as a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist at major venues and festivals in Ireland including the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Belfast Festival at Queens, Galway Arts Festival and the Hugh Lane Gallery. She has frequently appeared as a soloist with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and her most recent performance of Beethoven's 2nd piano concerto received critical praise and a standing ovation.

A graduate of Juilliard School's illustrious 'Artist Diploma' award, Maria grew up in the west of Ireland as part of a musical family and gave her first concert performance at the age of six. She was awarded an entrance scholarship to the Royal Irish Academy of Music at the age of ten and subsequently went on to win every major national piano award in Ireland including the Ulster Bank Music Foundation Bursary, the Lisney Young Pianist Award, the Sunday Independent Young Artist Award and the Morris Grant Bursary at Dublin Feis Ceoil. She was the winner of the Brennan and John Field Prizes at the Dublin International Competition and was awarded scholarships from the Fulbright Commission, the Juilliard School and the Arts Council of Ireland. Her teachers and mentors have included John O'Conor, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Therese Fahy, Pnina Salzmann and Christopher Elton. Maria currently serves as a faculty member at her alma mater, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where her students are frequent prize-winners in national competitions.

Maria's versatility as an artist is reflected in the diverse, challenging and creative repertoire she performs. She feels equally at home in the pristine beauty of Mozart, the passionate abandon of Schumann or the fiery neo-classicism of Prokofiev. She performed the entire 2 hours- long cycle of Olivier Messaien's 'Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jesus' in a series of recitals in Ireland and the UK to mark the centenary of the composer's death. She has premiered many works by Irish composer's including Ian Wilson, Siobhan Cleary and Rhona Clarke. She was the last musician to work in person with French/Romanian composer Horatiu Radulescu on his piano sonatas shortly before his untimely death. She has recorded for RTE LyricFM and Polish National Radio and her solo CD album '20th Century Piano Masterworks' features works by Granados, Berg, Schoenberg and Messaien.



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