Maryam Raya enjoys an acclaimed performance career that has taken her throughout the United States and to international stages in countries including England, Spain, France, Italy, China, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Colombia, and Dubai. She is recognized for her dynamic stage presence and larger creative versatility through multiple art forms. Raised in Washington D.C., she gave her first recital at the age of nine.
A prizewinner of numerous competitions and awards, she has been invited to perform in venues including Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, The National Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Tenri Cultural Institute, Greenwich House Music School, The National Opera Center, The Kosciuszko Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the Embassy of Poland, and the Embassy of France, among others.
Her Fall 2019 season alone featured lecture-recitals at Columbia University and abroad in Paris, a solo recital debut in Sicily, and a return to Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall on the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth to perform his Third Concerto under the baton of Maestro Gerard Schwarz. Maryam’s passion for the interconnectivity of all art forms as well as the importance of academic study has led her to perform in spaces outside of the traditional recital hall.
She has given lecture-recitals at institutions including Columbia University and The University of Rochester, frequently performs in art galleries and museums, and has been invited to make appearances in various fashion and film festivals, including Couture Fashion Week in both New York City and Cannes, France. She most especially commands the repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries, through which she integrates performances of newer works with visual arts and poetry as a means of communicating and connecting with audiences of diverse backgrounds.
In addition to her studies at the piano, Maryam holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, which she received with honors. Enthusiastic about the importance of classical music in the lives of younger generations, Maryam has developed partnerships with middle and high schools through all five New York City boroughs, within which she mentors keyboard courses and regularly performs full recitals for all students.
A graduate of both the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Natalya Antonova and the dual degree program at the University of Rochester, Maryam holds both Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, both of which she completed in four years, culminating in a thesis on the metaphysical poetry of John Donne and Andrew Marvell.
Upon moving to New York, Maryam continued her studies with Jeffrey Swann. She completed pre-college piano studies at the University of Maryland under the tutelage of Mikhail Volchok.
She has been featured on CBS and FOX News, and her upcoming engagements include solo recitals in France & Italy.
Her current projects for 2020-2021 include presenting and recording the complete works of legendary piano virtuoso and polymath Josef Hofmann, a lecture-recital on the music of Sergei Prokofiev entitled “War and Wit: A Trilogy”, centered upon his Piano Sonatas no. 6, 7, and 8, and an all-Beethoven recital featuring three consecutive sonatas of his compositional middle period to further commemorate his 250th anniversary.