Award winning Irish violinist Maria Ryan is the recent winner of the coveted Heineken Violin Competition 2010. She is currently based in London, where she was appointed the prestigious position of leader of Southbank Sinfonia for the 2010 season.
A keen chamber musician Maria has travelled throughout Europe and the USA, and South America to perform in various ensembles, in 2011 she toured the USA with Camerata Ireland including her first performance in Carnegie Hall. She also works in duo partnerships, performing a broad selection of sonatas, and had her debut with pianist Ciara Moroney as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival in St. Canices Cathedral in August 2010, and has since performed in Duo partnerships with Úna Hunt on a Music Network Tour in Ireland, and with pianist Michael Joyce in the Curtis Auditorium in Cork. Maria is also a founding member of the The Amarilli Trio, who have performed throughout Ireland, Spain and Italy.
Maria has appeared as soloist with various orchestras, performing concertos of Mozart, Bach, Locatelli, and Vivaldi, the latter of which she performed as soloist and director of the Southbank Sinfonia in a concert of Vivaldi and Corelli in Anghiari Music Festival, Italy 2010. Most recently she performed the Beethoven Concerto in Kilkenny and Wexford with the Wexford Sinfonia in January 2013. She has also performed as soloist in Norway, and in Ireland with the Kilkenny Youth Orchestra.
Maria was the proud winner of the Feis Ceoil Aileen Gore Cup/ Raymond Kearns Bursary, and the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) Music Bursary in 2008, and the Heineken Violin in 2010.
Maria graduated with a Graduate Diplom from the Hochschule für Musik Köln in 2009, where she was in the class of Herr. Emilian Piedicuta. Prior to this, Maria graduated with a First Class M.A. in Performance from the Cork School of Music, where she was a student of Ms. Ruxandra Colan. She has been fortunate to study also with Geraldine O’ Grady, Maeve Broderick, Anja Pietzcker and Philip Edmondson. She has participated in masterclasses with Olivier Charlier, Adelina Oprean, Mariana Sirbu, Constantine Serban, and Rainer Honcek.
She has worked numerous orchestras in the UK and Ireland including the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and has also worked The Wexford Opera Festival Orchestra, Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen, the Düsseldorf Sinfoniker, she has lead orchestras under such prestigious conductors as Sir Charles Mackerras, Barry Wordsworth, and Carl Davis.
Maria plays on a George Channot violin from the 1800’s – from Heineken Ireland.