Maria Raspopova is an acclaimed and virtuosic chamber musician and solo recitalist. She is the resident pianist & co artistic director of one of Australia’s foremost chamber groups, Omega Ensemble, and has performed with acclaimed Australian and international celebrated musicians including Paul Meyer, Dimitri Ashkenazy and Emma Matthews.
Maria has received wide acclaim for her performances with Omega Ensemble, Cut Common Magazine wrote “Raspopova’s bass notes were booming and the upper register of the piano sparkled with a shimmering clarity. Raspopova played with confidence and zest. She shone like gold…here is a pianist who could play anything”.
Maria has performed solo recitals at The Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House as well as appearing with Omega Ensemble in City Recital Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Government House, Sydney and on regional and international tours.
She has appeared as a guest artist at the Sanya International Festival of Arts (China), International Chamber Music Festival of the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (China), Four Winds Festival (NSW), Sydney Chamber Music Festival, Newcastle Music Festival & Castlemaine State Festival (Victoria).
As a recording artist, Maria’s debut album Prokofiev Vision Fugitives was released on the Omega Classics label as a digital international release in November 2018 available on Spotify and iTunes. Many of her recordings are made available on video through Omega Ensemble’s ON DEMAND site and on Qantas In-Flight Entertainment.
Though her commitment & passion for Australian modern classical music, Maria has recorded and premiered new Australian works by Mark Isaacs, Mark Grandison, George Palmer, Paul Stanhope, Andrew Ford, Moya Henderson, Gerard Brophy, Ben Hoadley, Andrew Anderson and most recently performed a world premiere of a new work by Nicole Brady.
Maria began learning the piano at a young age in her home country of Russia and was awarded a piano scholarship at the School of Arts in Khabarovsk. At seventeen she moved to Australia with her family and commenced studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Gerard Willems and Philip Shovk and undertook further studies in New York with Philip Kawin (a Professor of Piano at the Manhattan School of Music).