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Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
24 Preludes, Op. 28
Described as 'a pianist destined to achieve great things', Maria Luc is a British pianist of Japanese and Vietnamese heritage from Chichester, West Sussex. Maria has two musical siblings, Imy (pianist) and Kenji (cellist) whom she often plays with.
Maria studied MMus and BMus(Hons) at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Ashley Wass and Helen Krizos. Maria held the Margaret Allen Piano Award, Help Musicians Postgraduate Award, Headley Trust Bursary, Dorothy Stone Award and Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award for her MMus. Previously, Maria was also a National Grant Award Holder at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and was able to attend Chetham's School of Music with the government's Music and Dance Scheme.
Maria has won the RNCM Chopin Prize (2020), RNCM Concerto Competition (2020), Norah Sande Award (2017), Fergal O'Mahony Prize (2016), and Peter Donohoe Prize (2016). She was also recently awarded the Polonsky Foundation Fellowship (2020/21) to attend Aspen Music Festival and School in the U.S.
Maria enjoys collaborating with musicians winning the Barbirolli Prize for piano and cello (2019) and the Paganini Prize for piano and violin (2016). She has been a concerto soloist with several orchestras including Chichester Symphony Orchestra and enjoys playing as a piano duo with her partner Wyn Chan, playing with RNCM Sinfonietta, and in many festivals around the country.
Outside of music, Maria is passionate about veganism as a means to drastically reduce environmental impact, health problems and harm to animals. She enjoys cooking vegan cuisine and cycling.