Finnish pianist Maria Hämäläinen performs both as a soloist and as a chamber music player. She holds bachelor´s degree in music from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and currently completes her master studies.
Performing with an expanding repertoire, she appears at international stages in Finland and abroad. Maria was invited to perform at the Suolahti International Summer Festival, the International PianoEspoo Festival and at the Mänttä Music Festival. Recent highlights include performing at festivals such as Musica Mundi in Belgium, International Piano Festival ClaviCologne in Germany, Dartington Summer School and Festival in UK.
In December 2014, Maria made her debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Jun Märkl. During the last few years, Maria has appeared as a soloist with the NRW Orchesterzentrum chamber orchestra, performing Mozart, and with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, performing Saint-Saëns’, Grieg’s, and Beethoven’s piano concertos.
Maria has been awarded at national and international piano competitions including the first prizes at the International Competition London Piano Masters and the Young Musician International Competition “Città di Barletta” in Italy, the second prize at the ClaviCologne Piano Competition in Germany, the third prize at the EPTA Piano Competition in Belgium, the Mazda Prix at the Piano Campus International Piano Competition in France and special prizes at the National Leevi Madetoja Piano Competition and Helmi Vesa Piano Competition in Finland.
In 2016, the performance of Mendelssohn’s first piano trio has made her along with the ensemble Trio Fermo to win the first prize and special prize at the VI Erkki Melartin National Chamber Music Competition. In January 2017, Trio Fermo has won the first prize at the VIII Savshinsky International Music Competition in St. Petersburg and in March 2017, the first prize at the XI Juvenalia National Chamber Music Competition in Espoo, Finland. The mutual passion for exploring the art of chamber music has driven the three young Finnish musicians to discover also rare repertoire and to introduce to the public among others the unpublished work by Finnish national composer Jean Sibelius.
Maria Hämäläinen is a recipient of Marita Viitasalo Fellowship 2014 in recognition of her outstanding piano performance (Zonta Club of Helsinki I). In 2016, she has received a bursary for Dartington International Summer School supported by Dartington Hall Trust.