Maria Meerovitch | piano
Maria Meerovitch was born in St. Petersburg to non-musicians family. Nevertheless music has been an important part of family’s life and at the age of six Maria began her musical education. At the age of eight she performed at St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall for the first time.
She continued her studies at St. Petersburg Conservatory’s junior Music Institute with M.Freindling and M.Lebed and later under Prof. Anatol Ugorski at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, with piano as principal subject.
In 1990 Maria came to Belgium after having received a scholarship from “Fonds Alex de Vries”- Y.Menuhin Foundation, graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (cum laude) and immediately began teaching piano and chamber music at the same institution.
As a result of 10 successful years of teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and her career as a performer, Maria was invited to share her experience at the Piano and Chamber music master classes worldwide. To name a few: Johannesburg University (Johannesburg), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Cardif), Cincinnaty University (Cincinnaty), Christopher Newport University (Newport), Trans Siberian Art Festival Master Classes (Novosibirsk),
She subsequently won first prizes at several International Competitions (G.B. Viotti, Italy; Ch. Hennen, the Netherlands) and has been performing around the world ever since appearing in solo and chamber music recitals in the USA, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, The Republic of South Africa, South Korea, Israel and Europe. Highlights include Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Bad-Kissingen Musik Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Trans Siberian Art Festival (Novosibirsk), Cité de la Musique (Paris), Opera City Hall (Tokyo), Musikhalle (Hamburg), Newport Music Festival (Newport), Martha Argerich’s Meeting Point (Beppu), Théâtre des Champs Élysées (Paris), National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), Pharos Chamber Music Festival (Cyprus), Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), Progetto Martha Argerich (Lugano), Teatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), St.Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, etc.
She collaborated and made a number of recordings with a variety of international chamber music partners (Martha Argerich, Philippe Hirschhorn, Saulus Sondeckis, Vadim Repin, Dora Schwarzberg, Boris Berezovsky, Daishin Kashimoto, Boris Brovtsyn, Dmitry Jurovsky, Elisabeth Watts, Daniel Smith..... ) including her close duo partnership with Sergei Nakariakov, with whom she appeared in an ARTE production “Ich war nie ein Wunderkind” in 2005.
Her appearance at The English Chamber Orchestra Music Cruise 2010 led to immediate re-invitation and performance with Pinchas Zukerman in 2011, and solo appearance with the ECO and Maxim Vengerov conducting in the next season’s festival.
Maria’s chamber music repertoire covers most of piano-strings literature, her performances at Festival International d’Art Lyrique (Aix-en-Provence) with Mahler Chamber Orchestra soloists and English Chamber Orchestra soloists got the highest public reviews.
In 2012 she was one of the few artists to participate in Ivry Gitlis’s Anniversary celebration in Salle Pleyel next to Martha Argerich, Maxim Vengerov, Itamar Golan, Akiko Suwanai...
As a soloist Maria appeared with numerous orchestras around the globe including London Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Nordic Symphonie Orchestra, The English Chamber Orchestra, Mannheimer Philharmoniker, etc..
Maria’s research on a subject related to the treatment of severe tendonitis during the piano playing amongst professional musicians, a list of exercises, based on her own experience and full recovery, made a significant change in her daily work as a piano instructor.