Biography

Hailed as “brilliant” and “deeply sensitive” by Das Orchester Magazine, pianist Maria Prinz is widely in demand as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.

Ms. Prinz has performed with leading orchestras throughout Europe, including several performances with the Vienna Philharmonic, collaborating with renowned conductors Riccardo Muti at the Salzburg Festival and Seiji Ozawa in Vienna. Additional solo highlights include performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major, KV 488 in Sofia, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 at the “March Music Days” Festival in Russe, Bulgaria both under Sir Neville Marriner and Schumann’s Piano Concerto in the “Musikverein” Hall in Vienna. She performed the Bulgarian première of „Oiseaux Exotiques“ by Olivier Messiaen.

As a recitalist, Ms. Prinz has concertized in the U.S., Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Belgium, and Bulgaria, and  performed a series of recitals entitled “Mozart and His Contemporaries” in Vienna, Sofia, Prague, Bloomington and Los Angeles in celebration of Mozart’s 250th birthday.

She has performed at leading venues and festivals around the world, including the Salzburg Festival, Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo (Japan) and in Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Purcell Room of Queen Elizabeth Hall and Milton Court in Barbican Centre and in Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan.

Her chamber music collaborations include numerous performances with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as French flutist Patrick Gallois and clarinettists Philippe Cuper and Andrew Marriner.

The highlights of the season 2017/2018 are a “Sir Neville Marriner Memorial Concert” in Konzerthaus in Vienna, a chamber music recital with Andrew Marriner and Sophie Dartigalongue at the festival “March Music Days” in Russe and a piano recital with works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev in Weill Hall/Carnegie Hall in New York.

Maria Prinz recorded Haydn and Mozart piano concertos with the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, Brahms Sonatas with clarinetist Alfred Prinz, a Chandos CD  “The 20th Century Concerto Grosso”with the Academy of Sankt Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner and Mozart Violin sonatas and Beethoven Variations Op.105 and Op.107 with flutist Patrick Gallois, both for Naxos. A new Naxos CD “Giacomo Puccini complete songs for Soprano and Piano” with soprano Krassimira Stoyanova has been released in March 2017.

Maria Prinz was born in Sofia, Bulgaria into a musical family. Her father is the famous Bulgarian conductor and composer Konstantin Iliev. She studied at the Music University “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with Rudolf Dunckel, in Vienna with Jörg Demus and in Paris with Yvonne Lefébure.

In addition to her performing career, Ms. Prinz has taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna since 1987.