Maria Sumareva • Piano Instructor
Pianist Maria Sumareva has been heard as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist across Europe and the United States. Her repertory reflects her versatile musical interests spanning from Baroque to newly composed works. She has appeared in international festivals such as the Budapest Spring Festival (Hungary), Les Nuits Pianistiques, International Festival “Days of New Music” (Moldova), Northern Lights Music Festival, Festival Miami, and Festival Baltimore (U.S.A.), and has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Moldova, Moldovan National Chamber Orchestra, and Rowan University Orchestra. Her live performances have been broadcast on Moldovan, Romanian, and Hungarian radio and television stations.
Sumareva has received numerous awards at national and international competitions in Europe and the U.S. Winning the 2013 Graduate Presser Music Award at the University of Miami made possible her recording debut with “The 35 Keyboard Sonatinas by J.A. Benda” (the first recording of the complete set), released on Élan Recordings in 2015. She is the co-founder and Chair of Board of Directors of Kaleidoscope MusArt, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting classical music as a relevant and evolving art form, through innovative concert programs and educational initiatives. Sumareva is a member of BeyondArtists.org and is supporting the International Rescue Committee and Citizens' Climate Lobby.
Having a passion for teaching, Maria has worked with students of varied ages and levels in college and pre-college settings over the last 14 years. She aims to enhance students’ appreciation, enjoyment, and love of music through cultivating attention to details, style, technique, and the expressive power of musical gestures. She holds a D.M.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Miami, as well as piano performance degrees from Indiana University-Bloomington (M.M.), and Rowan University (B.M.). Her teachers have included Santiago Rodriguez, Menahem Pressler, and Veda Zuponcic.