Maria Shetty

Viola

Maria Shetty graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Krakow in the class of Prof. Janusz Pisarski (2008). She did her postgraduate studies at Universtität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien under Prof. Wolfgang Klos and asst. Ulrich Schönauer (2009). She also developed her skills at the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy (2011) and at various master classes working under the guidance of musicians and ensembles, such as H. Beyerle, J. Meissl, P. Buck, A. Kouyoumdjian, Apollon Musagete Quartet, and Tokyo String Quartet. In 2015, she was awarded a Doctorate degree in the field of Arts.

Since 2011, she has been a violist at the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. She was also cooperating with other Polish orchestras, such as Sinfonietta Cracovia and Capella Cracoviensis.

She has won national and international competitions, namely the Second Prize and Special Prize for Interpretation of Shostakovich’s Music at the International Chamber Music Competition in Plovdiv (2015 ), Second Prize and Special Prize Baerenreiter Urtext Preis at the Charles Hennen Concours in Holland (2011), and Third Prize at the International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music in Krakow (2007). She has received numerous scholarships from Programme “Young Poland”, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Republic of Poland, Scientific Scholarship of City of Krakow, the European Chamber Music Academy, Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

 As a chamber musician, Maria Shetty regularly performs in various formations and takes part in NOSPR Chamber Series. She has performed in festivals, such as Festival Pablo Casals (Prades), Mozartiade (Augsburg), Kalkalpen Festival (Grossraming), Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo), the Internationales Musikfest Goslar-Harz, and Music Autumn in Przemysl. In 2014, she co-founded Messages Quartet – an ensemble specializing in the performance of Polish chamber music. The quartet has performed many times in Poland and abroad.  In 2017, their debut album containing the recording of string quartets by Szymon Laks was released by the record company DUX. The album received excellent reviews in the French, German, British, American and Polish press. At the end of 2019, the second album of Messages Quartet was released, entitled “Messages”, which included compositions by A. Panufnik, S. Moniuszko and K. Penderecki.

In 2016 she started teaching as an assistant in the viola class of Prof. Janusz Pisarski at the Music Academy in Krakow. She also conducts summer master classes during Małopolska Academy of Talents.

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