Maria Nemtsova was born in Moscow, Russia in 1984 and began playing the piano at the age of five. By the age of 6 Maria won her first piano competition. She later went on to attend the Chopin Music School studying with Galina Esman, and taking part in the televised competition «Young Musicians of Moscow» (1997). In 1998 Maria Nemtsova was accepted into the competitive Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory Academic College. Whilst at the College, Maria participated in many festivals and gave concerts in Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and USA. She was accepted into the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory after the graduating from the Music College with distinction in 2002. It was at the Moscow Conservatory that Maria studied with the renowned pianist and teacher Prof. Yuri Slessarev from where she graduated in 2007 with honors. Maria successfully completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Music Performance (graduating with Distinction) at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London where she studied with Professor Dmitry Alexeev. In 2008 Maria was accepted at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica (Imola, Italy) where she studied with Maestro L.N.Margarius. In 2012 Maria successfully completed her Artist Diploma in Italy and MMus programme at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where she got a full scholarship and a Derek Butler Award, resulting in a performance at Wigmore Hall in May 2011. In London she was studying with the Professor Deniz Gelenbe. After the performance at the Isabelle Bond Gold Medal Showcase In January 2012 Maria won the Gold Medal, the most prestigious prize at Trinity Laban conservatoire. Maria has been a prizewinner of numerous international piano competitions including Russia, Italy, Austria and USA. She received First Prizes for her outstanding performances at “Musica di Riccione” in Italy, “P. Serebryakov International Piano competition” in Russia, Fort Worth Concerto competition in USA. In 2013 she has got the third prize at the “Rosario Marciano International Piano competition” in Vienna, Austria. In addition to her solo achievements Maria got the first prize at the International Chamber Music competition «Marco Fiorindo» in Italy in 2015 with her «VitaDuo» ensemble.
Maria was the William Smith International Performance Scholar between 2007-09. During her studies at the RCM Maria gave a number of solo and chamber recitals throughout the UK, Germany, Italy, Tunisia, Mongolia and USA, one of which was the Duke of Edinburgh`s Award International Gala Concert at the RCM in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex. In March 2010, Maria gave her solo debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York City. She has also participated in International Festivals in Italy, UK, USA, Poland, Russia and other countries. Maria collaborated with Pavel Nersesyan (piano, Russia/USA), Jean-Denis Michat (saxophone, France), Artiom Shishkov (violin, Belorussia), Alexander Ram (cello, Russia/Lithunia), Jean Ives Fourmeau (saxophone, France) and many others.
Maria has performed at major venues around the world including Carnegie Weil Recital Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Steinway Hall in London, Boesendorfer Hall and Ehrbar-Saal in Vienna, National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing and Shanghai Oriental Arts Center in China, Great Hall of Moscow conservatoire, International House of Music in Moscow, and many others.
Maria is a founder of the charitable project “Music – for peace” (www.music-peace.com) which includes concerts and master-classes for young musicians who live in today`s conflict zones. Within the project Maria went to perform to more than twenty countries including Kosovo, Israel, Georgia, Armenia, Tunisia and others.
In addition to her solo CDs, which includes works commissioned for her by Giorgi Janiashvili, she has recorded with the saxophonist Vitaly Vatulya and the famous opera singer Dmitry Stepanovich.