Described as 'a pianist destined to achieve great things', Maria Luc is a British pianist of Japanese and Vietnamese heritage from Chichester, West Sussex. Her father is a piano tuner who came to the U.K. as a refugee fleeing the Vietnam war after he was blinded by a bomb and her mother now teaches piano and Japanese. Maria has two musical siblings, Imy (pianist) and Kenji (cellist) whom she often plays with.
Maria is in her second year of her MMus degree having achieved first-class honours for her BMus (Hons) at the Royal Northern College of Music. Maria currently holds the Margaret Allen Piano Award, Help Musicians Postgraduate Award and is supported by the Headley Trust Bursary. She has also held the Dorothy Stone Award and was supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust for her first year of postgraduate studies. Maria was also a National Grant Award Holder at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and was able to attend Chetham's School of Music with the government's Music and Dance Scheme.
Maria has won the RNCM Concerto Competition (2020), Barbirolli Prize for piano and cello (2019), Norah Sande Award (2017), Fergal O'Mahony Prize (2016), Paganini Prize for piano and violin (2016) and Peter Donohoe Prize (2016). She studied with Ashley Wass, Helen Krizos and Ron Abramski at the RNCM. Maria also attended the Royal Academy of Music for one year where she learnt with Ian Fountain. Maria has been given the opportunity to have lessons and masterclasses with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Sir András Schiff, Jerome Lowenthal, Stephen Hough, Steven Osborne, Peter Donohoe, Kathryn Stott, Michel Béroff and Phillipe Cassard amongst many others. Maria is a very experienced performer having played solo recitals across the U.K. and has played in such venues as the Wales Millenium Centre and Wigmore Hall.
Maria has been a concerto soloist with the Helix Ensemble in Nottingham, Chichester Symphony Orchestra and will be playing with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in the 20/21 season. She has also played as a soloist alongside Wyn Chan in the Carnival of the Animals with the RNCM Sinfonietta. Maria and Wyn have played at Liverpool Cathedral for the LightNight Festival, South Downs Summer Music Festival and the chamber music festivals at the RNCM. Maria organises concerts annually as part of the Festival of Chichester with her sister Imy, whom she also plays with. She has composed and arranged several works that have been played in the Festival of Chichester and the RNCM Chamber Music Festival.
Maria has recently been awarded the Polonsky Foundation Fellowship (2020) to attend Aspen Music Festival and School 2020. Maria teaches privately (contact for more details) and has also been a helper at the Chetham's International Piano Summer School.
Outside of music, Maria is passionate about veganism as a means to drastically reduce environmental impact, health problems and harm to animals. She enjoys cooking vegan cuisine and cycling.