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Maria Marica was born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in a family of musicians, and started playing the violin at the age of seven. She studied with Nicușor Silaghi in her hometown and she is currently studying with David Grimal at the Hochschule für Musik Saarbrücken.

Maria gave recitals and concerts all over Romania, as well as in France, Italy, Germany and the United States and is a prize-winner at multiple competitions in Romania. She is a finalist of the Luis Sigall Competition which will take place in Chile in August 2022.

She has had the chance to play chamber music alongside great artists like Marc Coppey, Philippe Cassard, David Grimal, Frans Helmerson, Boris Brovtsyn, Sergey Malov, Victor Julien-Laferrière, and Solenne Païdassi. She is a member of Les Dissonances, and she was also a member of the Romanian Youth Orchestra, with which she had the chance to perform in venues like Musikverein Vienna, Elbphilharmonie, Philharmonie de Paris, Konzerthaus Berlin.

She has participated in masterclasses with musicians such as Leonidas Kavakos, Nora Chastain, Mihaela Martin, Rosanne Philippens, or Gabriel Croitoru. In 2021 she was an active member of the Violin Masterclasses in Kronberg, working with Kolja Blacher and Gerhard Schulz. Between 2014 and 2016 and in 2019 she was part of the SoNoRo Festival’s Interferences program, working with Diana Ketler, Thorsten Johanns, Alexander Sitkovetsky, and in 2015 she participated in the Young Performers Program of the Music@Menlo Festival in California, USA, working with Clive Greensmith, Erin Keefe, Arnaud Sussmann, members of the Escher Quartet and the Dover Quartet.

Maria has previously been sponsored by the Fondation Constance et Andrei Rhoe and by MOL Romania and she is currently sponsored through Deutschlandstipendium.


Online Round
Bach Ciaccona from Partita in D minor for Solo Violin
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major K. 219 (1st movement with cadenza)
Schubert Sonatina No. 2 in A minor D. 385
Enescu “Ménétrier” from Impressions d’enfance Suite Op. 28
Paganini Caprice No. 9

Debussy Violin Sonata in G minor L. 140
Enescu Sonata No. 3 in A minor for Violin and Piano Op. 25, “dans le caractère populaire roumain”
Wieniawski Variations on an Original Theme Op. 15

Brahms Violin Concerto in D major Op. 77