“Her performance revealed more than her touch and effortless dazzling finger speed… Her musicality, her ability to draw from the mass of musical notations Chopin showers onto the page the essence of his message, is what makes her brilliant. It is a gift from some higher power.” –Keith Kreitman, San Mateo County Times
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, 27-year-old pianist Juliann Ma is completing her Professional Studies at Mannes, The New School for Music in New York City. Passionate about academia, arts, and international education, she pursued degrees at Stanford University (full scholarship), the École Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris «Alfred Cortot» (Fulbright grant), and The Juilliard School (Gluck Fellow), earning the Bachelor of Arts in Music with Honors and Distinction, a minor in Creative Writing, the Diplôme d’Exécution de Piano, and the Master of Music. Recent performance venues include Bing Concert Hall, Gilder Lehrman Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Dôme des Grandes Écuries, Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai, Konzertsaal Bundesallee, Salle Cortot, Schoenberg Haus, Three Palms Montego Bay, and Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie). She pursues her dream of revolutionizing world education through collaborative, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary projects, writing and directing original live and motion picture performances which mold music, dance, and drama into a modern, seamless, storytelling medium. Her most recent works include a live illustration of Schumann’s Carnaval Op. 9 through piano performance coupled with modern dance improvisation, and a retelling of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Peanuts Gallery piano concerto through a blend of pantomime, ballroom dance, and jazz piano-plus-percussion improvisation.
Fall 2016 will bear witness to Juliann’s latest ensemble work, SEAs (‘Sustainable Environment through the Arts and Sciences’)—an original concert-plus-music video project featuring Juilliard choreographers performing alongside Juliann at the piano and telling, through movement and wordless sound, the story of climate change and human impact on nature. Her work is supported through Marin Alsop’s Entrepreneurship Award and the generous dedication of her friends from Juilliard, Parsons, and Stanford University.