Maria Kustas – pianoFranz Liszt
Ballade No 1, S 170
Ballade No 2, S 171
Illustrations du Prophète
2. Les Patineurs. Scherzo
Prizewinner of national and international competitions including the Piano Campus international piano competition in France, the Delia Steinberg international piano competition in Spain and the Tunbridge Wells international competition, pianist Maria Kustas has performed across the UK, Europe, Russia and Asia. In 2007, Maria made her debut with orchestra, performing J S Bach’s concerto in G minor with the Moscow chamber orchestra ‘The Seasons’ under the baton of Vladislav Bulakhov. She has taken part in festivals including the International Festival ‘Paris: City of Light’, the Mayfield Festival, and the Saint-Savin festival in France. In March 2014 Maria took part in a concert tour in Luxembourg and Germany as part of the EMCY project. In February 2017, she was grateful to receive a prestigious Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship.
Having graduated from the Central Music School of the Moscow P I Tchaikovsky Conservatory ‘magna cum laude’ in 2013, Maria went on to study at the Royal College of Music in London and graduated as Bachelor of Music with honours in 2017. She completed a Master of Music in Performance with honours at the Royal College of Music with Dmitri Alexeev the following year. Maria has gratefully received a Linda Beeley Scholarship supported by the Olive Rees Prize, William Mealings Award, Yamaha Award and Craxton Memorial Fund Scholarship.
Maria is fortunate to have taken part in masterclasses with accomplished musicians such as Michel Béroff, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Andrzej Jasiński, Vanessa Latarche, Stefan Arnold, Stanislav Pochekin and Arie Vardi.
Apart from her main vocation as soloist, Maria is a passionate chamber musician. She has been member and co-founder of the award-winning Chloé Piano Trio, which shortly after its formation won the 3rd prize at the Birmingham Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition in 2017 and took part in the summer residency at the ‘Music at Brel’ programme in Brel, France the following summer.
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