MARIA LUC / 2022
Described as 'a pianist destined to achieve great things'*, Maria Luc is a British Pianist of Japanese and Vietnamese Heritage based in Manchester with local roots in Chichester, West Sussex.
Maria performs in venues in the U.K. Europe and the U.S.A. and gained success as the winner of the international piano competition, Norah Sande Award in 2017, RNCM Concerto Prize 2020 and RNCM Chopin Prize 2020. Future engagements include concerto performances at the Tung Auditorium in Liverpool and solo performances at the Harris Concert Hall in Colorado, U.S.A. Making her mark on the international music scene she has recently been selected to attend the Aspen Summer Music Festival 2022 in the U.S.A with the Polonsky Foundation Fellowship.
Maria has frequently been a concerto soloist with orchestras such as Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, Nottingham Helix Ensemble, Chichester Symphony Orchestra and the Athenean Ensemble. She is also an enthusiastic chamber musician whose collaborations with various instrumentalists won the Barbirolli Prize for Cello and Piano 2019, Paganini Prize for Violin and Piano 2016. She plays in a piano duo with Wyn Chan and they have performed Stravinsky's Rite of Spring across the U.K including RNCM Chamber Festival, South Downs Summer Music Festival, Liverpool Light Night Festival and Festival of Chichester.
Maria composes and arranges her own works for various festivals and also enjoys working with living composers, working with George Benjamin and Erollyn Wallen which culminated in performances at the Wigmore Hall.
Currently under the tutelage of Kathy Stott, she has been invited to play in masterclasses for András Schiff, Stephen Hough, Jerome Lowenthal, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet amongst many others. She has studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Chetham's School of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Regis School of Music. An experienced concert organiser, she frequently promotes her own concerts and enjoys designing and programming.
Maria is ever grateful for the generous support to nurture her playing. The National Grant Award/Music and Dance Scheme Grant supported her studies at GSMD and Chetham's. The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians Postgraduate Award, Headley Trust Bursary, Dorothy Stone Award, and the Margaret Allen Piano Award generously sponsored her studies at the RNCM.
Maria follows a vegan lifestyle to drastically reduce environmental impact, health problems and harm to animals. She has a keen interest in the animal rights movement and enjoys cooking vegan cuisine, cycling and reading.
*Darlington and Stockton Times