'Staggeringly passionate playing.'
Maria Razumovskaya has been described as a ‘virtuoso story-teller of the piano’ (Le Courrier). She performs at many major international festivals and venues including the Cheltenham Festival, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, Holywell Room, SJE Arts Piano International Series, Lavaux Classique, Zurich Stadt Kultur, Piano City Milan, Paris Musée d’Orsay, Yogyakarta Philharmonia, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, and the Rachmaninov Hall and Skryabin Museum in Moscow.
Razumovskaya's live performances have been recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and featured as highlights in their ‘Performing Miracles’ series, RTS, Espace 2, Radio Orfeo, and ABC Radio.
Razumovskaya's debut-disc recorded by Tony Faulkner on the Malachite label was shortlisted for the Liszt Disque Grand Prix, and subsequent recordings for the label have been singled out by international publications such as Pizzicato magazine, and critically praised for the performance’s ‘extraordinary mastery’ [American Record Guide] and ‘staggering passion and lyricism’ [Gramophone]. Further recordings including the works of Busoni, Liszt, CPE Bach and Rachmaninov; Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky.
Chamber music partners include Faina Lushtak, Ilan Schneider, Wolfram Christ, the Alban Berg Quartet, principals of the Berlin Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonia, Basel Philharmonic, National Opera Orchestra of Paris, and soloists of the Mariinsky Opera, Bolshoi Opera, and Metropolitan Opera. As a faculty and guest artist at international summer schools she has played recitals alongside artists including Nikolai Lugansky, Marc Andre Hamelin, and Piotr Andrezewski; and premiered works by composers including Philippe Hersant.
Passionate about encouraging audiences to share in her curiosity for the stories behind the music and its makers, Razumovskaya's writings include a monograph on the legendary pianist and pedagogue Heinrich Neuhaus (Boydell & Brewer). This was awarded CHOICE Outstanding Title, and ranked 'world leading in originality, significance and rigour' by REF. She has also written book chapters (Indiana University Press, Palgrave Macmillan), articles for academic journal, and the wider press including BBC Music, International Piano, Pianist and several other publications.
Maria Razumovskaya received her pianistic training in the class of Rustem Hayroudinoff at the Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating with Distinction and several prizes. She furthered her studies with Professor Dmitri Alexeev as an Arts and Humanities Research Council doctoral scholar at the Royal College of Music.
She is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, a lecturer at the City Literary Institute, guest faculty at several international music academies and festivals, and an external examiner for several institutions.
Maria Razumovskaya is a Steinway Artist.
'A story-teller of the piano... A young virtuoso who is consumed by need to communicate the most profound meaning of the works she plays.'
Le Courrier, Switzerland