Russian pianist, Maria Didur, relocated to the U.S. in 1998. Her studies began at the age of 5, when her mother enrolled her in an extensive music program for talented children, a preparatory division at Chelyabinsk-65 Music College, which she attended for 9 years. She performed and competed on a regular basis, playing her first recital at the age of 11. She placed first in her school and second in her town in a competition of young pianists at the age 12. Besides private lessons, her music knowledge was enhanced at a young age by attending choir, studying music literature and solfege, harmony and improvisation.
Upon her arrival in the U.S. she enrolled in Coronado School of the Arts, providing her with more opportunities to perform and continue studying music. During those years she was a recipient of the Woman’s Club Scholarship, Brown Scholarship for Excellence in Music, Music Teachers Association of CA Certificate of Merit senior award, Southern CA Junior Bach Festival honor award and others. She made a few appearances on the local news and performed at fundraising events to promote the COSA program.
Ms. Didur continued her training at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in NY, receiving a Bachelors Degree in piano performance. Her teachers and mentors included Nina Svetlanova, Donn-Alexander Feder, Lisa Yui and Marjean Olson. While at MSM, she performed frequently, especially enjoying being a part of several chamber ensembles. She was coached by Wolfram Koessel of the American String Quartet and fell in love with collaborative piano. In 2005, ms. Didur’s most memorable moment was being a part of the musical prodigies from Shenzhen: 100 pianos, a performance of 100 pianists from Curtis, Juilliard, MSM, Peabody and Levine School of Music under the direction of Leonard Slatkin at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Later that year she attended Manchester Music Festival, a 6 week chamber music program where she had daily coaching with the amazing Shoshana Rudiakov of Stuttgart Conservatory. Maria performed major chamber works weekly and worked with several chamber ensembles.
In 2009, Ms. Didur graduated from Hunter College with a Master’s Degree in Music Education and a teacher’s certification in PreK-12 grade. During her studies, she student-taught at Hunter College Elementary School, and Talent Unlimited High School with a choral emphasis. During that time, she continued playing on a regular basis by participating in piano performance class and chamber ensembles. She also began accompanying Talent Unlimited HS Choir, Hunter College Choir, vocal performance classes and private studios. She loved working with younger students, and seeing their love and appreciation for music continue to blossom.
For eight years, Maria worked as as collaborative pianist at San Diego State University playing for the Aztec and Chamber Choirs, graduate conducting studio, voice studios, opera and musicals. During that time, she accompanied singers and instrumentalists for Concerto competitions, San Diego Opera entrance auditions, Virginia Hawk Competition, the MET competition, the NATS competition, college juries and graduation recitals, choir concerts, festivals, regional honors choirs and conducting workshops. She has worked with top music ensembles, including San Diego Opera Chorus, Bach Collegium SD, ProArt Voices, Musica Vitale, SACRA/PROFANA, San Diego Children’s Choir and Lyric Opera.
In 2017 Maria moved back to NYC and worked at Manhattan School for Children, teaching Kindergarten-8th grade. Her responsibilities included teaching Music and the Brain curriculum (keyboard), Orff, Link Up curriculum (recorder) and Choir.
in 2018, Ms. Didur joined the Tiegerman team and is looking forward to teaching music at Richmond Hill High School.