Maria Raspopova is an acclaimed and virtuosic chamber musician and recitalist. She is the resident pianist with one of Australia’s foremost chamber groups, Omega Ensemble, and has performed with a number of acclaimed Australian and international musicians.
Maria began learning the piano at a young age in her home country of Russia. At seventeen she moved to Australia with her family and soon commenced studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music where her teachers were Gerard Willems and Philip Shovk. Shortly after, Maria was awarded a scholarship to study with Philip Kawin (Professor of Piano at the Manhattan School of Music). Since returning to Australia, Maria has recorded and performed recitals in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. During the past few years she has recorded and premiered new Australian works and performed at both the Art Gallery of New South Wales and in the Government House Music series with acclaimed soprano 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”. Recently Maria performed Mahler’s’ Piano Quintet in A Minor at City Recital Hall which also received positive press reviews from Limelight Magazine: “[with] Maria Raspopova’s graceful piano, the piece traversed the hills and vales of Mahler’s twilight world in a beautifully reading, finely crafted for maximum emotional impact.”
Maria has performed in a number of world premieres of new Australian works commissioned by Omega Ensemble. This has seen her appear at the forefront of the chamber music scene in Sydney. Since 2014 Maria has performed with Omega Ensemble as Artist-in-Residence at the Mitchell Conservatorium in annual tours of regional New South Wales with guest artists Paul Meyer and more recently, soprano Lee Abrahmsen.
Since 2017 Maria was appointed Co-Artistic Director of Omega Ensemble where she will assist with programming and perform both in their Master and Virtuoso series throughout the year and also a solo recital in City Recital Hall as part of Omega Ensemble’s new lunch time series “A Taste of Omega”.
In November 2017 Maria toured to China with Omega Ensemble giving performances and masterclasses at the Beijing Central Conservatory, Chang Chun’s JiLin College of Arts and Dalian University.
Photography: Keith Saunders