Maria Sumareva, Piano
Moldovan-born pianist Maria Sumareva has been heard as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist in Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Romania, Germany, Hungary, and across the United States. Her solo and chamber music repertory reflects her versatile musical interests spanning from Baroque to newly composed works. Ms. Sumareva has made appearances in international festivals including the Budapest Spring Festival (Hungary), Les Nuits Pianistiques, International Festival of Contemporary Music (Moldova), Northern Lights Music Festival, and Festival Miami: Emerging Composers concerts (U.S.A.). Some of her live performances were broadcast by Moldovan, Romanian, and Hungarian radio and television posts. Ms. Sumareva has received numerous awards at national and international competitions in Europe and the U.S.A. Winning the 2013 Graduate Presser Music Award at the University of Miami made possible her recording debut with The 35 Keyboard Sonatinas by J.A. Benda(the first recording of the complete set), released on Élan Recordings in 2015.
Ms. Sumareva is the co-founder and member of the artistic and executive committees of Kaleidoscope MusArt, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a comprehensive and wholesome vision of classical music by presenting new, rarely-heard, and well-known works, as well as emerging artists and composers. She holds Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Frost School of Music (University of Miami), as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance from Rowan University and Indiana University - Bloomington. Her teachers and mentors include Lia Oxinoit, Anatol Lapikus, Irina Bivol, Veda Zuponcic, Menahem Pressler, Naoko Takao, and Santiago Rodriguez.Currently, Ms. Sumareva teaches applied piano and music appreciation at Rowan University (Glassboro, New Jersey).