Maria-Louisa van Staden was born in Bucharest, in 2007. She started piano lessons with Madalina Pasol (2014), and from 2016 she is 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, 1st Prize in 2016 and 3rd Prize in 2017 at Feurich International Competition for Piano, Vienna, 1st Prizes at International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso in London (2016), Vienna (2016), Salzburg (2017) and Rome (2017), Honorable Mention at Rosario Marciano Competition, Vienna (2016).

She followed masterclasses with Christian Kliber, Stephan Moller, Maurizio Moretti, Taeko Oba, Eugenie Russo, and Sungsuk Kang. To date, Maria-Louisa performed at Royal Albert Hall in London, in Vienna (Kaisersaal, Musikverein, Billrothhaus, and Ehrbar Saal), in Salzburg at Wiener Saal Mozarteum, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Sinaia Royal Palace in Romania, and Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.

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