Trinity Laban student Maria Nemtsova has founded "Music for Peace", a charity to help young musicians living in conflict zones around the world. Maria runs Music for Peace alongside her piano studies.
Maria set up Music for Peace in 2012 with fellow musician Vitaly Vatulya, a celebrated Russian saxophonist studying at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow. The pair give recitals and free masterclasses to talented young local music students in troubled countries, including North Ossetia, Tunisia, Georgia, Serbia, the Balkans and Kosovo. The pair have also released two CDs as part of the project: one of solo piano music and another of saxophone-piano duets.
Maria explains the appeal of the project: "The concerts and masterclasses present new and exciting challenges to us as artists. We get to perform in a variety of settings, whilst sharing our knowledge and talents with young, aspiring musicians."
Maria finished her MMus at Trinity Laban in 2012 and is currently continuing her studies on an Independent Study Programme, also at Trinity Laban, under the supervision of Deniz Gelenbe.
Despite all the hard work and travel involved, Maria still manages to keep on top of her studies and solo career, including six upcoming solo recitals in China.
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