Maria Esphai

Maria Eshpai was born in 1986 in a family of artists in Moscow (Russia). She started to have piano lessons when she was 5, and at the same year she began to study at the Special Central Music School in Moscow with professor A. Bakulov. In 2003, after she finished her 9th year, Maria made a decision to move to Music College and to study with merited artist/professor I. Ossipova. 2005 Maria entered Moscow State Tchaikovsky conservatory and in 2010 she finished it with the Best marks. These years she played a lot of concerts and took part at many festivals master classes and competitions all around the world: England, Denmark, Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Germany, Finland, USA, China, Brazil, Russia (Richter Festival in Tarusa, “Homecomming” in Moscow, International “I.Kandinskaya and “Persona” presents” Festival in Togliatti). In 2006 Maria won the International Piano Festival NLPS in London and had a solo concert at St. Martin in the Fields. In 2011 she had her solo debut at the Moscow Philharmonia, Chamber hall. The concert had a great success and since that time she plays there every year. She also played several times with the biggest Russian symphony orchestras such as BSO (Tchaikovsky Big Symphony Orchestra) under V.Fedoseev, GSO ( Svetlanov Big Symphony Orchestra) under M.Gorenshtein and A.Sladkovsky, St.Petersburg Filarmonic Orchestra under V.Zeeva. Since first time she came to Denmark (2008) she started to have some lessons with outstanding Danish musician, great teacher Anne Øland. Maria became a regular participant in Opus festival in Aarhus (2008-2015). In 2011 Maria Eshpai went to Denmark to make her Solo program education at Det Jysk Musikkonservatorium in Aarhus (with professor Anne Øland) and finished it in November 2013 by playing Solo debut concert at the Music House in Aarhus and pre-debut tour around Denmark. During the years of studding in Denmark, Maria has been organizing several concerts and events dedicated to the music of Carl Nielsen and Andrei Eshpai (her grand father and one of the biggest Russian composer), participating in many different festivals, playing solo and chamber music recitals all over the country, soloist with Randers chamber orchestra, accompanying at the competitions (fxl. Danish string competition), courses, exams, master classes and regular concerts at Det Jysk Musikkonservatorium (Aarhus/Aalborg), Det Fynske Musikkonservatorium (Odense/Esbjerg). In August 2012 she received Harby Fond stipendium and has been honored to play Mozart concerto at the big hall of Copenhagen Conservatorium. In 2014 she had her debut as a soloist with Odense Symphony Orchestra with the piece by her grand father Andrei Eshpai. In 2015 she made the project together with “Ganhøj Dans” company where she performed the solo piano version of the hall ballet “The Rite of Spring” by I.Stravinsky. In 2016 she continued successful cooperation with Granhoj Dans making modern version of Stravinsky’s “Petrushka”.
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