Maria Pikoula has appeared as a
soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in Europe, North America and
Russia, including an official solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Recent engagements include concerts in Boston, New York, London, Athens and
Volos in Greece where she performed as the piano soloist with the Liepaja
Symphony “Amber Sound” Orchestra, the oldest orchestra of the Baltic States.
She has performed at the Kennedy Center and has been a featured artist at
the Hellenic Consulate in New York and the Hellenic Embassy of the United
Nations in addition to giving a special gala performance for Greece's
Ambassador to the U.S. Maria Pikoula has also performed and recorded for the
ANTARA project in the UK.
She has been honored as a
recipient of a number of accolades and awards in national and international
competitions. These include the Artists International Presentations Special
Prize, the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Award, First Prize at the GWUC
National Music Competition in Chicago, the Hellenic American Women's Music
Award, and First Prize and Gold Medal at the Greek National Competition.
Maria’s academic distinctions include the W.O. Forsyth Memorial Award, the
Manhattan School of Music Merit Scholarship, as well as the Eleni
Gatzoyiannis, John Silber and Richmond Awards. In 2001 Maria was inducted to
the Golden Key International Honour Society.
Maria Pikoula holds a Doctor of
Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Boston University, where she
studied with Anthony di Bonaventura on full scholarship. She received her
Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in
New York under Arkady Aronov and her Bachelor's Degree with Honors from the
University of Toronto under Boris Lysenko.