Maria was born in Moscow, Russia. Her mother was a piano teacher and started Maria playing at 4. She studied at the legendary Moscow Conservatory with Victor Merzhanov. In the US, she won the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition and debuted with the Symphony performing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto. She earned her Bachelor's of Music at the University of Houston. For her Master's, she studied organ at Rice University with the world-famous teacher Clyde Holloway. She won many national competitions, including Gruenstein Memorial Organ Competition in Chicago and San Antonio Pipe Organ Competition. The Russian School of Playing has produced some of the world's greatest pianists. This method is fun and lays down the foundation for a relaxed way of playing, which gives confidence and technical security, while enabling one to produce beautiful "singing" tone on the piano. This helps students of all ages to take their piano-playing to new heights.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 1990
Master's Degree in Music Performance
Teaches ages 10+
Speaks Russian, English
Has background check
Maria is a patient and skilled piano teacher. She is always able to communicate problems with my playing very clearly. Can't imagine myself making this much progress with my piano skills without her help.
Maria has seriously enhanced both my love for playing piano and my ability for playing the piano. Her approach to teaching stresses technique and fundamentals and allows for a tension-free style of playing that is enjoyable and meditative. I would highly recommend lessons with Maria.
I am gaining a lot from my lessons with Maria. She is helping me to play more musically, to really listen and feel the music. She is also helping me to learn technically how to achieve the musical expression I desire.