Heralded as “an artist with intense personality, virtuosic flair, unusual poise and intimate contact with style” by The New York Times, Greek pianist Maria Asteriadou is an acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue.
Ms. Asteriadou’s performances have taken her throughout the world appearing in recitals and as soloist with orchestras playing in major concert halls in the United States, South America, Canada and Europe. She has performed with the Moscow Radio Symphony, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony of Costa Rica, the Stuttgart Kamerata, Luxembourg Philharmonia, the Bucharest Chamber Orchestra, Iasi Philharmonic Romania, the Adrian (Michigan) Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Chamber Academy, Athens State Orchestra and the Thessaloniki State and City orchestras.
A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Asteriadou has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and performs regularly in festivals and summer music festivals. Together with her husband, violinist Kurt Nikkanen, she appears in recitals worldwide presenting programs showcasing composers from Bach to Piazzolla.
Her love for her native Greece and her enthusiasm for contemporary music have resulted in prestigious premieres by many of Greece’s most prominent composers including Dimitri Mitropoulos, Nikos Skalkottas, Christos Samaras, Yiorgos Sicillianos as well as numerous collaborations with the American-born Greek composer George Tsontakis. In addition, she has collaborated with the American composer David Noon, recently premiering his Concerto for Piano and Percussion.
For the BIS label, Ms. Asteriadou has recorded the complete piano and string chamber works of Nikos Skalkottas as well as his Concertino for Two Pianos, and the complete violin and piano works of Carl Nielsen. She has also recorded works by Greek composers Yiorgos Sicilianos, Emilios Riadis, Dimitri Mitropoulos and the American composer Ron Wasserman.
Maria Asteriadou is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including first prize in performance from the State Conservatory of Greece, and top prize in the Maria Callas International Piano Competition. She also holds the distinction of being the only pianist selected from the Musik Hochschule in Freiburg to perform in honor of Maestro Pierre Boulez.
Following in the footsteps of her teacher, the esteemed Constance Keene, Ms. Asteriadou is also an energetic, dedicated and passionate pedagogue. She teaches at Manhattan School of Music and at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, where she is a member of the piano and chamber music faculties, serves as director of the Chamber Music Outreach Program and is artistic director of the Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival. In addition, Ms. Asteriadou has been an artist faculty member at many festivals including the University of Michigan’s Summer Arts Institute, Canada’s International School of Musical Arts, and the West Branch International Music Festival in New York. She has also given master classes at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica in the Dominican Republic, and in her native country has appeared at the Music Village Workshops as well as the Saint George Festival, among others. She also serves on the board of the Children’s Foundation for the Arts.
Maria Asteriadou holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music where she was a student of Constance Keene. She received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Jacob Lateiner. Following her undergraduate studies at the State Conservatory of Music in Thessaloniki, Greece, Ms. Asteriadou was accepted at the Musik Hochschule in Freiburg, Germany where she studied with Tibor Hazay and received her Graduate Soloist Diploma with honors. She has also worked with Domna Evnouchidou, Vitalij Margulis, Gyorgy Sebok and Richard Goode.
Maria Asteriadou resides in New York with her husband, daughter and son.