Maria Koltsida was born in Athens in 1986. At the age of 15 she received her diploma in piano performance from the private music school “Chandrou” in the class of K. Chandrou. Afterwards she studied piano performance with I. Petrin in the Music and Science Departement of University of Macedonia where she attained her degree. She has attended piano seminars with D. Toufexi, A. Leimoni, R. Boldorini, L. Boyiajieva, M. Rosseti, H. Tacenouchi, B. Ringeisen. She has given many solo recitals, as well as Chamber Music concerts with the piano trio “Duo for 3”.
As a performer, she is currently playing a wide variety of music ranging from original compositions to free improvisation. For the last years she has been composing music for small ensembles, short films, documentaries and theater as well as developing her own material.
As a pianist she is also exploring the extended technique of prepared piano both in the context of performance and composition. She is a founding member of the musical ensemble “Reverse Mode” which mixes traditional greek music with elements of improvisation and contemporary performance practice.
As a teacher she has developed a method which focuses in the biomechanics of the movement and the consciousness of the body, as well as in interpretation and musicality.
Since 2004 she has been teaching piano to children and adults, and has been leading music and movement workshops in schools, conservatories and cultural centers in Athens and Berlin.
Throughout the last decade she has been broadening her performative approach by attending theater and dance seminars, as well as body and movement workshops and singing lessons.
She is currently working and living in Berlin.
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