|Date of birth:||14.08.1993||
Maria Florea was born in Barcelona, 1993. She started her violin studies at the age of four with her father Cristian Florea, cellist and conductor of the Moldavian Chamber Orchestra.
She played her first concert with orchestra at the age of seven. She has studied with Gonçal Comellas, Stefan Gheorghiu and Adelina Oprean, and has also attended master classes with Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Eduard Schmieder, Pamela Frank, Yair Kless, Günther Pichler etc.
She attended the Reina Sofia Music School in Madrid, Spain from 2010 to 2014 under the guidance of violin professors Zakhar Bron and Yuri Volguin. She was also a member of the 'Albeniz de Prosegur' chamber music group with professors Heime Müller and Marta Gulyas. She was awarded the 'Outstanding string quartet Award' 2012-2013, given by Her Majesty the Queen of Spain.
Since 2014 she is a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with professor Gyorgy Pauk.
She has performed as soloist in “Palau de la Musica Catalana” (Barcelona), Ateneu of Bucharest (Romania), Organ Hall (Republic of Moldova), Sala Thalia of Sibiu (Romania) among others and given recitals in many countries such as France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, United Kingdom Poland and Spain.
She has received several prizes and awards in different competitions as 'Jeunesses Musicales' in Bucharest (Romania), 'Paper de Musica' (Barcelona), 'Wieniawski Competition' in Lublin (Poland), International Competition 'Young Virtuosos' in Sofia (Bulgaria), and she became a finalist of the 'Parkhouse Award' which took place at the Wigmore Hall of London.
She has lately performed at St Mary’s Perivale Church and Trinity College of Cambridge, she has won the 1st Prize of the David Martin violin Concert Competition at the Royal Academy of Music and the 2nd Prize of the Concurso Permanente de Jóvenes Intérpretes in Spain.
Maria plays a Gennaro Gagliano (Naples 1780) on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.
You can listen to Maria on her website.