Maria has recently established the Lurline Chamber Orchestra, of which she is Leader and Co-Artistic Director. With Lurline she has performed, to great acclaim, the World Premiere of the Violin Concerto dedicated to her by Tommy Tycho. Her performances of the Concerto received their second season this year. Maria is in demand for her vibrant concerto performances, making regular appearances as soloist as well as guest concertmaster with various orchestras. Violin recitals, unaccompanied recitals and chamber music with many of the country’s finest musicians form a regular part of her performance schedule.
Maria has held positions with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and
Australian Chamber Orchestra. With these orchestras, she has toured extensively in
Australia, North and South America, Europe and Asia. She recently took part in the
inaugural season of the elite Australian World Orchestra.
In 2004, Maria initiated the Blue Mountains Chamber Concerts, of which she was Artistic Director for 6 years. She actively programs new works and has performed contemporary chamber music with Klangforum Vienna, the Seymour Group Sydney, Alpha Ensemble and Ensemble Offspring. She includes baroque music in her programming, and in 2007
performed the entire Mystery Sonatas of Biber, a rarity due to the length and virtuosity of the work, as well as the 15 different scordatura tunings required. Maria was a founding member of the Apollo Trio, with whom she performed in Sydney and regional NSW for 6 years. She has made broadcasts for the A.B.C. and 2MBS-FM.
A passion for making good music regularly accessible to more people has born fruit through Lurline and Blue Mountains metropolitan and regional series. Maria’s
programming has won her much praise, not only for the artistic structure of each
individual program, but also for allowing new music as well as older but lesser-known works to find their place amongst the established repertoire and to be enjoyed by all
Maria teaches at Sydney Conservatorium and has taught at schools including Sydney
Grammar, and privately. She enjoys working with young chamber orchestras and chamber groups and currently conducts the Lurline Youth Chamber Orchestra.
Maria graduated from Sydney Conservatorium of Music with High Distinction and as
Student of the Year. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust Award to
further her studies in Vienna. There she was the recipient of the Alban Berg Quartet
Foundation Award in 1989.