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Maria Valeria: Facts And Figures

Maria Valeria was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. When she was 5 her grandfather bought her an eletric piano which became more than an ordinary toy to her. She began to invent her own melodies, her favorite occupation as a child.
Her serious classical piano education started when she was 7. Working with the best piano teachers in Bulgaria, all influenced by the Russian classical schooling, was a rewarding challenge for Maria. Exploring the beauty of classical music enabled her to broaden her horizons and visions as a musician and later as a composer.

While still being in High School she was lucky to meet the contemporary pianist and composer Valery Tsvetkov, who later became her partner in life and father of her two children. He turned out to be her greatest influence in music. With him she discovered a new philosophy in music, that every tone had major value, that the key words could only be taste and aesthetics.

After graduation at the English Language High School in Sofia in 1991 she embarked on her first six months tour in the Middle East.

Since 1992 she has been touring Scandinavia and Central Europe as a pianist/vocalist/entertainer in the finest music clubs and venues. That's where and when she first tried to sing along with her piano playing - in order to find gigs more easily. At first reluctant though strongly encouraged by her spiritual mentor Valery Tsvetkov, then slowly but certainly that became HER BIG, UNIQUE SPECIALTY. First her repertoire consisted mainly of the unforgettable jazz standards sung by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and of the classics in pop music, songs by the Beatles, Elton John, Billy Joel, The Eagles et al.

In 2000 she produced her first album “Waiting”, containing 15 acoustic piano-vocal jazz standards. The same year came a turning point: She began to write and arrange her own songs.


Willy Bischof, one of the best known radio personalities in Switzerland and a highly esteemed music critic, wrote about her songs: “They have that instantly – and in these times more and more lacking – ear-catching quality, blending jazz and pop and her classical background into a fascinating mixture“.

That he was not alone with his opinion proved her participation in the “World Championship of Performing Arts” in Hollywood in October’ 2003.

In 11 different instrumental and vocal categories she was a.o. rewarded with

- 2 Overall Awards ‘Champion of the World 2003’ in the category “Contemporary Vocals” and “Original Piano”
- 6 Golden Medals in “Contemporary Piano”, “Original Piano”, “Piano-Vocal”, “Contemporary Vocal”, “Latin Vocal”, “Original Vocal”.

In October'2003 she was a special guest at Ann Ruckert Radio Show and Session of SGA (Songwriter's Guild of America) in New York - where upon Ann's invitation Maria became member of SGA and NARAS.

In November’ 2003 Maria Valeria played the famous LUCERNE PIANO FESTIVAL, participating in the new “Off-Stage Festival”, together with six other premier jazz pianists of the U.S.A and Europe.

In April 2004 together with her good friend and fellow song writer Norman Hale (member of Tornados, did live gigs with the band of Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zepellin and Roy Orbison) – MV goes to London where introduced by Norman she meets legendary song-writer Barry Mason (author of more than 100 N1 hits, such as Delilah, The Last Waltz, etc. sung by E. Presley, Barbara Straisand, etc.)

In August the same year – Barry Mason and Norman Hale – two old pals – took the plane to Sofia, Bulgaria to attend the summer concert of Maria – where Barry listened to her perform live for the first time.

A project was born in his head – Maria was probably the right person to bring ‘The Last Waltz’ back to life. A few months later Maria recorded 4 songs in Lakeside studio in Lucerne, Switzerland – among which ‘The Last Waltz’, one of her own originals and a song of Norman Hale.

Three of them are still working on that project.

Maria Valeria is currently working on her original music project, recording and doing live gigs – solo or with Italian guitar/sax player Massimo Gini.

Her gigs dates list is available in ‘Itenerary’.

Maria is also a member of ASCAP and SUISA.

Willy Bischof, one of the best known radio personalities in Switzerland and a highly esteemed music critic, wrote about her songs: “They have that instantly – and in these times more and more lacking – ear-catching quality, blending jazz and pop and her classical background into a fascinating mixture“.

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I've heard Maria Valeria a couple of times. I was fascinated by the way she combines piano playing and singing. Maria is a very big artist; I am longing to see and hear her again soon. Bet you'll feel the sam!

Hazy Osterwald
(big band leader and musician)

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"Only the 'best of the best' aspiring performing artists can be invited to the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood, cited as the only official
Talent Olympics in the world! Maria Valeria made an impressive mark at this global event by winning 2 overall awards in addition to prestigious medals:
6 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze! All of us predict great success for this outstanding artist!"

Griff O'Neil, President
World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood

 

 
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