Degrees and Studies
B.M., Moscow State Gnessin College of Music
M.A., Moscow State Conservatory
M.M., University of Michigan
Maria Brodsky studied piano and music theory at Moscow State Gnessin College (Russia), continuing her studies at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She became especially interested in early music and historic performance practice, and pursued her studies of harpsichord performance at University of Michigan. She studied with Edward Parmentier, Davitt Moroney, Natalia Yurigina, Yuri Kholopov, Tatiana Zenaishvili and many other great teachers, to whom she feels very grateful for making it possible to share her passion and her skills, and have a profession that she loves.
Maria performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician. Recent solo activities have involved a lecture/recital presented at the SuperRegional Conferences of the College Music Society (Gettysburg, PA) and a solo recital given at Glinka State Central Museum of Musical Culture (Moscow, Russia). She collaborates with many Bay Area chamber groups and orchestras, including the Monterey Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Palo Alto Philharmonic, and Soli Deo Gloria Choir.
As a teacher Maria enjoys working with students of all ages and all levels. She always balances the amount of material and intensity of studies with the individual capabilities of the students, and enriches the student's perception of the composition by introducing some basics of music theory and history.
She encourages her students to participate in recitals, festivals, and competitions. Many of her students take the yearly exams of the Certificate of Merit Evaluation Program, and often they are selected to perform at Branch Honor Recitals and Convention Recitals. Several of her students have participated and won top prizes at the US Open Music Competition.