Romanian violinist Maria Gîlicel is an emerging performer recognized for her versatility and passion on stage.

Born in 1995, she started her violin and music studies at the age of 4 learning with her parents. She acquired her professional music degree at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música ‘Adolfo Salazar’ in Madrid under Professor Farid Fasla, before moving to London. Maria has recently graduated with a First Class Honours degree at the Royal College of Music where she is taking her Masters in Performance degree with Professor Maciej Rakowski and where she previously worked with Professor Ani Schnarch.

Recently, she had the pleasure of playing the 2nd Mov. of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto under the baton of Maxim Vengerov for his masterclass at the Royal College of Music. She has also had the chance to work with acclaimed musicians Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Nicola Benedetti, Alina Ibragimova, Leonid Kerbel, Oleksandr Semchuk, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Peter Schuhmayer, Vera Rodríguez Mehner, Mari Tampere-Bezrodny and Mariana Sîrbu.

Maria started performing at an early age, approaching every performance opportunity with immeasurable enthusiasm. She made her debut at the National Auditorium (Madrid) performing Sarasate’s ‘Carmen Fantasy’ and has performed at many venues, including Wigmore Hall, Buckingham Palace, Royal Festival Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Museo Sartorio (Trieste, Italy), Casa Tartini (Slovenia) and the Romanian Cultural Institute of London.

In 2018 she performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe as part of their Academy during their tour in Italy. She also took part in the BBC Symphony Orchestra Pathway Scheme, rehearsing and performing with Sakari Oramo, Daniele Rustioni and Dalia Stasevska.

She is an avid chamber musician and founder of the Chloé Piano Trio and the Thaleia String Quartet, and has enjoyed working with Christoph Richter, Pavel Fisher, Ben Hancox, Simon Lepper, and the Carducci Quartet in Manchester as part of the Wigmore Hall Learning project. She receives regular coaching from the Head of Strings of the Royal College of Music, Mark Messenger. The Chloé Piano Trio was also invited to take part of a summer residency at the ‘Music at Brel’  programme in France.

Maria is a Soiree d’Or Scholar supported by the Henry Wood Accommodation Trust throughout her Masters in Performance studies. She also receives support from the Stephen Bell Trust. Previously she was awarded the prize for Outstanding Musician following her Professional Degree Final Recital and Competition of the Community of Madrid. Recently, she has also been awarded a Study Award for her progresses at the RCM and has won the Tillett Trust Young Artists Platform, which will allow her to have recitals around the UK for the 2019 season. Maria has also just received the Royal Philharmonic Society Emily Anderson Prize for outstanding young soloists as part of their RPS Young Musicians Programme. She is also supported by the Talent Unlimited Charity Fund which provides her with concerts throughout the year.

She plays on a Giovanni Francesco Pressenda violin (Turin, 1843) and a James Tubbs bow kindly loaned from the Royal College of Music.

In her free time, Maria loves painting, reading and spending as much time as possible in nature!