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Maria is a pianist and accompanist who graduated from the University of Florida with a Master’s Degree in piano performance in 2008. She also earned a Master’s of Music in piano performance in 2004 from Gnesin Russian Academy in Moscow, where she studied with legendary pianist and professor Maria Gambarian, who had the strongest impact on Maria’s music-making.

Maria has received numerous honors in international piano competitions, including international piano festivals in Prague and Moscow, International Piano Competition by Rubinstein in Paris France, International Piano Competition in Hassel Germany, and University of Florida Concerto Competition in the United States, where she performed Concerto No. 1 by Rachmaninoff in April 2008.

Active as a performer, Ms. Gorodetskaya has played throughout Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Germany, France, and the United States. She has performed in such venues as the Small and Rachmaninoff Halls of Moscow, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Big and Small Gnesin Russian Academy, Conservatory Hall in Prague, and the University of Florida Auditorium. 

Maria performs music by different composers in a variety of styles, but she feels a special attachment to the music of Rachmaninoff. In addition to Maria’s performing career she has professionally accompanied solo instrumentalists and ensembles throughout Russia and the United States.                       

Besides performing and accompanying, Maria taught with great success at the International Music Academy from 2011 through 2019. During those years her passion for teaching helped her students to perform successfully at numerous recitals, competitions, and festivals. In October 2018, she was part of the IMA’s trip to New York where both faculty and students gave two outstanding debut recitals in Carnegie Hall.

Recently Maria, her husband, and two children have settled back in Houston where she is excited to join the International Music Academy faculty again.