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Maria-Louisa van Staden was born in Bucharest, Romania on 26th of November 2007. In September 2014 she started the piano lessons under the guidance of Madalina Pasol. She is now enrolled at the National College of Arts Dinu Lipatti, Bucharest, where she studies piano with Professor Dr Alina Balaban.
Maria-Louisa obtained numerous prizes in national and international piano competitions, in 2015: The Prize for Excellence at Allegro Pro Ingenio Competition; 4th Prize at 19th International Competition “PRO PIANO-ROMANIA”; and in 2016: 1st Prize at the International Music Competition ‘London’ Grand Prize Virtuoso and invitation to play in the Gala Concert at Royal Albert Hall; 1st Prize at the International Music Competition ‘Vienna’ Grand Prize Virtuoso and invitation to play in the Gala Concert at Musikverein; 1st Prize at Feurich International Competition for Piano and Chamber Music, and invitation to play in the Gala Concert at Kaisersaal, Vienna, 2nd Prize and invitation to play at Wiener Saal Mozarteum, Salzburg, in the Gala Concert at the International Music Competition ‘Salzburg’ Grand Prize Virtuoso; Honorable mention at Rosario Marciano Competition, Vienna, Honorable mention with very good results at Rising Star Competition, Berlin, 2nd Prize at Ada Ulubeanu piano competition and Victor Giuleanu National Competition; 3rd prize on Millenium Piano International Contest, Young talents and Paul Polidor competitions.
In July 2016, Maria-Louisa followed a masterclass with Christian Kliber in Vienna, and in August 2016 she was enrolled for masterclass at Vienna International Pianists Academy, where she followed masterclasses with Stephan Moller, Maurizio Moretti, Taeko Oba, Eugenie Russo, and Sungsuk Kang.
Maria performed in Bucharest (Bucharest Music and Film Festival 2015, concerts organized by Foundation Remember Enescu, 2016), London at Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room (2016), in Vienna at Kaisersaal (2016), Musikverein (2016), and Ehrbar Saal (2016) and in Salzburg at Wiener Saal Mozarteum, Salzburg (2016). Her repertoire comprises works of Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Czerny, Lemoine, Grieg, Heller, Schoenberg, D. Bughici, and Paul Constantinescu.