Maria Masycheva, the Winner of the prestigious Marguerite Long - Jacques Thibaud International Competition and the Second Prize Winner of the famous Concours de Geneve, has gained an international reputation as an outstanding piano performer with a versatile talent and wide-ranging musical interests. A rare combination of superb technique and expressiveness captivates audiences worldwide and bring her high appreciation from many famous contemporary musicians, including Walter Blankenheim, Valery Afanassiev, Dang Thai Son and Jacques Rouvier.
Concert performances take Maria to the distinguished halls worldwide, such as the Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Great hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, and the Glinka and Pushkin Museums in Moscow, Konzerthaus Berlin, Tonhalle Zurich. Maria's virtuosity, charm and passion has fascinated audiences in Austria, Poland, Germany, France, Norway, Switzerland, Israel, Portugal, Japan, Russia and the USA. She has performed at important music festivals worldwide, such as Klavier Festival Ruhr, “Young Euro Classic”, “Les pianos folies”, “Musique en cote de Nacre” and “Un violon sur le sable”, where Maria played in front of an open air audience of 60.000. An outstanding collaborator, she has played with major orchestras in Europe and Russia, including the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Radio France, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. She has also worked with leading conductors such as Yakov Kreizberg, Pascal Rophe, Yamashita Kazufumi, Jerome Pillement as well as a number of others.
A prize-winner of international competitions for young and promising pianists, in 2008 Maria Masycheva won both the First prize and the special prize at the XVIth international piano competition "Premi Principat d'Andorra". In 2009, Maria received the “Piano Campus Silver” and three special prizes at the Piano Campus international piano competition in Pontoise, France as well as the Grand Prix and the special prize at the Piano Open international competition in Merignac, France. In October 2009, Maria Masycheva won the Marguerite Long - Jacques Thibaud international competition in Paris and received the Grand Prix - Ville de Paris as well as the Special prize from S.A.S. Prince Albert II of Monaco for the best recital. In 2010 she also won the Second prize at the Sendai competition in Japan and at the Geneva music competition. Same year Maria Masycheva was awarded the Steinway prize in Berlin.
Maria's diverse repertoire embraces a wide range of styles, from baroque to contemporary music. Maria has over 30 solo programs, including the first book of the Bach Well Tempered Clavier and over 40 concertos for piano with orchestra.
Born in Moscow, Russia, in the family of musicians, Maria Masycheva began to express her engaging personality and individual style at an early age. She studied at the music school of the Academic Music College with Tatiana Rakova and at the age of 9 she became a permanent soloist of the chamber orchestra “Cantus Firmus”. After finishing music school she studied at the Academic Music College of the Moscow Conservatoire with one of the favourite students of Heinrich Neuhaus Vera Khoroshina. She improved then her mastery at the Moscow Conservatoire with Professor Elisso Virsaladze and at the Berlin University of Arts with Professor Klaus Hellwig.
Maria Masycheva regularly gives master courses in Europe and Russia. Since 2010 she is a permanent professor of the piano faculty at the Suolahti international summer music academy, Finland and at the “Musique en cote de Nacre” festival, France. She is a co-founder of the music academy "Classica Viva" that works in several countries.