Maria Asteriadou

A native of Greece, Maria Asteriadou is an acclaimed soloist and chamber musician highly praised by the New York Times as an artist with intense personality, virtuosic flair and beautiful tone.

Maria Asteriadou has performed in major halls throughout the United States and Canada as well as Austria, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and Germany. Her orchestral engagements include appearances with the Moscow Radio Symphony, Academy of St. Martin of the Fields, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Stuttgart Kamerata, Luxembourg Philharmonia, Bucharest Chamber Orchestra, Iasi Philharmonic Romania, Manhattan School Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Chamber Academy, Athens State Orchestra, as well as the Thessaloniki State and City Orchestras.

Her love for her native Greece and her enthusiasm for new music have resulted in prestigious premieres of works by many of Greece’s most important composers, including Manos Hadzidakis, Perikles Koukos, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Emilios Riadis, Christos Samaras, Yiorgos Sicilianos, Nikos Skalkottas, as well as American-born Greek composer George Tsontakis.

The recipient of numerous awards and prizes, Maria Asteriadou won first prize in performance from the State Conservatory in Greece, and the top prize in the Maria Callas International Piano Competition. Maria Asteriadou enjoys the distinction of being the only pianist selected from the Musik Hochschule in Freiburg to perform in honor of the composer-conductor Pierre Boulez in Baden-Baden, Germany. Both her Geneva debut recital and her debut at Weill Hall in New York’s Carnegie Hall were greeted with rave reviews. In 1992 she won the Dora Zaslovsky piano competition at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and was subsequently chosen to collaborate with renowned conductor Christopher Keene in a critically acclaimed performance of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto.

Maria Asteriadou has recorded the complete piano and string chamber works by Nikos Skalkottas, the complete violin and piano works of Carl Nielsen, and the Concertino for two pianos by Nikos Skalkottas, all on the BIS label. Her other recordings include works by Greek composers Yiorgos Sicilianos, Emilios Riadis, and Dimitri Mitropoulos as well as American composer Ron Wasserman. Maria Asteriadou has been heard frequently in live performances on radio and television in Europe and in the United States, including an appearance on New York’s WQXR-FM, hosted by Robert Sherman.

Maria Asteriadou holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Constance Keene. She received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Jacob Lateiner. Following her undergraduate studies at the State Conservatory of Music in Thessaloniki, Greece, Maria Asteriadou studied with Tibor Hazay at the Musik Hochschule of Freiburg, Germany, and received her Graduate Soloist Diploma with high honors. She has also worked privately with Gyorgy Sebok, Richard Goode and Vitalij Margulis.

In addition to her performing career Maria Asteriadou is also an energetic and passionate teacher. She teaches at the Manhattan School of Music and is also on the faculty of Piano and Chamber Music at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She has participated as a guest artist/faculty member at many Festivals in the United States and abroad and is currently the artistic director of the Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival.