Maria is a Flautist, Singer and Composer based in London. She finished her Bachelor’s Degree in jazz at the Guildhall School of Music, where she studied flute with some of the countries’ top jazz and classical flautists including Gareth Lockrane, Ian Clarke, Stan Sulzmann and more. She also studies 2nd study jazz voice with Tina May.
She performs regularly in various bands, both in London and in her home country Slovakia and has performed in some of the top music venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Kings Place, The Barbican, Milton Court Hall, The Spice of Life and more. She also runs a few of her own projects including a jazz duo Maria & James and a fusion sextet Topoľana where she combines her musical heritage (Slovak folk music) with jazz.
Maria is also an educator. She has been teaching since 2015: private tuition for both children and adults, group improvisation lessons and music workshops on various topics (instrumental practice, playing in a band, composition, confidence on stage and more)! She is one of the founding members of “Za hranice s hudbou” (Music without boundaries): a Slovak NGO with a vision to educate in musical genres that aren’t readily available in Slovakia (Jazz, Popular Music, Electronic Music and more). They have been organising summer workshops since 2017 and their long-term vision is to establish a college of jazz and popular music in Slovakia’s capital city Bratislava.
The Flute Chair is supported by The Broughton Family Charitable Trust