Congratulations to Trinity Laban alumnus Maria Chiossi, who has been selected as the harpist for the innovative YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011. Maria will join musicians from around the world to perform a programme including the premiere of Mothership by American composer Mason Bates at the iconic Sydney Opera House on 20 March 2011, under the direction of world renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. The concert will also be streamed live on YouTube.
Maria lives in Brescia, Italy and came to Trinity Laban on a scholarship in 2005 to study the two-year postgraduate MMus programme with Head of Harp Studies Gabriella Dall'Olio. During summer 2007, Maria toured England, Slovenia and Italy with the Trinity Laban String Ensemble to perform Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto.
After auditioning for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra via video, Maria was shortlisted for the harpist position along with seven other candidates by a panel including musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Sydney Opera House Orchestra. The finalists' videos went to a public vote online before the YouTube Symphony Orchestra's Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas, taking into account the public votes, picked Maria for the position.
Maria will travel to Sydney with the orchestra a week before the showcase concert in March to rehearse and receive coaching from leading musicians from the world's top orchestras.
Since graduating from Trinity Laban, Maria has played with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra as Principal Harpist and the Oviedo Filarmonia. She is currently Principal Harpist with the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema and regularly collaborates with orchestras including the Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma, the Navarre Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Porto, and the Orchestra Sinfonica de Madeira. She was also selected by Maestro Riccardo Muti and Xavier de Maistre - the Principal Harpist of the Wiener Philharmoniker - as a finalist for the "Luigi Cherubini" Orchestra with whom she has played on several occasions.
Now in its second year, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra is the first online collaborative orchestra. To find out more, please see http://www.youtube.com/user/symphony
For more information on studying the harp at Trinity Laban see www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/strings