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About Maryam Raya
Maryam Raya is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning concert pianist based in Milan and New York.
Maryam Raya has performed at concert halls worldwide, dazzling audiences with her virtuosity, exuberant energy, and passion for the arts. She discovered the piano at the age of four and performed her first recital at the age of nine.
Praised as “A First Rate Pianist” by the National Film Awards, Maryam believes classical music can serve as a spiritual experience for listeners by transporting them to a different world.
From an early age, Maryam was passionate about expressing herself through the piano. She studied with former professors from the Moscow Conservatory and St. Petersburg Conservatory, leading to her first performance at Carnegie Hall at age 16.
After completing pre-college studies, Maryam graduated with honors from the Eastman School of Music in 2016, with a Master’s degree and two Bachelor's degrees in Piano and English Literature, specializing in metaphysical poetry.
Recognized for her “dynamic stage presence” by the Union of Excellence, Maryam has delivered lecture recitals at prestigious institutions including Columbia University, recitals for New York’s premier fashion and film communities, recitals abroad in France and Italy, and continued appearances at Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall as a soloist, most recently with orchestra for Beethoven’s 250th anniversary.
Her passion for the interconnectivity of all art forms has led her to perform in places outside of the traditional recital hall such as art galleries, museums, fashion and film festivals, including Couture Fashion Week in both New York City and Cannes, France. Additionally, she has collaborated with New York’s leading industry professionals in fashion and film.
Maryam has performed recitals worldwide throughout her career, including in England, Spain, France, Italy, China, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Dubai. She possesses a diverse and extensive repertoire of piano solos and orchestral concerts, including over thirty solo piano concertos.
Described as a "Complete Artist of the 21st Century" by Info Music France, Maryam has been a featured artist in numerous international art, fashion, and music publications across Europe, and American news outlets such as CBS News.
She has performed across the United States and at world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The National Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, Tenri Cultural Institute, The National Opera Center, The Kosciuszko Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the Embassy of Poland, and the Embassy of France, among others.
Beyond the piano, Maryam is captivated by the worlds of film and visual arts, which influence her captivating performances.
Through her “Poetic and Genius Recitals” as described by The Further Magazine, Maryam is passionate about making classical music accessible to younger audiences. Maryam has previously also taught as a faculty member at New York University, teaching private piano lessons to undergraduate piano students.
Maryam is currently studying at the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, while continuing to record the rare works of legendary piano virtuoso and polymath Josef Hofmann. With upcoming performances in France and Italy and exciting new projects on the horizon, Maryam is enthusiastic about connecting with audiences around the globe through her performances and social media.
Boldly assertive playing with crisp rhythms and a clean, crystalline sound.”
- National Film Awards