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Russian pianist Maria Gorodetskaya began her career as a winner of the "Young Pianist Tchaikovsky Competition" in Ukraine. She made her concert debut performing Haydn's Piano Concerto in D Major and Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons" in the Odessa Philharmonic Concert Hall.
Recognizing Maria's exceptional musical ability, her family moved to Moscow, where Maria attended Russia's Moscow Conservatory College. While a student, she actively performed for the MCC Concert Series and won second place in the Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris, France.
She continued her music education at Gnessins' Music Academy, where she was accepted into the studio of legendary pianist and professor Maria Gambarian. She was inspired by the unique beauty of Ms. Gambarian's sound and by the passion and power of her playing. Maria studied under Ms. Gambarian for her Graduate and Post Graduate degrees. During her time at Gnessins', Maria participated in the Prague International Piano Master Classes and was a prize winner at the International Piano Competition in Hassel, Germany.
Following graduation with "Highest Honors" Maria met Boaz Sharon at the International Piano Festival in Ruza and in 2006 she moved to the USA to study with him at the University of Florida. While finishing her Master's degree, Maria was invited to perform at the International Steinway Festival, and she won the university-wide Concerto Competition, resulting in her performance of Rachmaninoff's First Piano Concerto with the university orchestra.
Currently Maria and her husband, pianist David Ter Oganisyan, reside in Houston Texas, where she is teaching and performing. The Russian school of music greatly influenced Maria as a teacher. Her goal is not to teach a student to simply imitate, but to learn to appreciate the beauty of music and be able to recreate it.