Maria Luc

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: Royal Northern College of Music


Maria Luc BMus (Hons), LRSM is a British pianist of Japanese and Vietnamese heritage from Chichester, West Sussex. Her father was unfortunately blinded by an unexploded bomb during the Vietnam War and sort refuge in the UK where he trained to be a piano tuner. There were always pianos around the house and her mother introduced Maria and her siblings to the piano. She attended the Junior GSMD and Chetham's School of Music with a full scholarship from the government's Arts and Dance Scheme. She obtained her BMus Degree with first class honours at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and is continuing for her MMus degree with the Dorothy Stone Award. She is also a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award Holder who are also supporting her studies in her second year of postgraduate studies. She has won many awards including the Norah Sande Award (2017), Fergal O'Mahony Prize (2016), Paganini Prize for piano and violin (2016) and Peter Donohoe Prize (2016). She is under the tutelage of Helen Krizos and Ashley Wass and has also had masterclasses with Sir András Schiff, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Jerome Lowenthal amongst many others.
Maria has been a concerto soloist with the Helix Ensemble in Nottingham and will be playing Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with the Chichester Symphony Orchestra. Maria also organises her own concerts annually as part of the Festival of Chichester with her sister Imy, whom she also plays with. In her spare time Maria enjoys cycling, hiking and exploring vegan cooking.