The Russian-born pianist Maria Belooussova’s early soundscape was nourished by music and Russian folk-tales, leading her to embrace new and classical repertoires, expressed most profoundly by her extensive work as a chamber music and vocal accompanist.
Trained from the age of five at the musical school for talented children in her hometown, then at the Ural State Conservatory and later at Moscow’s prestigious Gnessin Institute under Vladimir Tropp, she furthered her studies with Christian Ivaldi at the Paris Conservatoire, eventually settling there.
Her poetic and inspired performances have led her to play with such leading artists as Gérard Jarry, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Ivry Gitlis, Vladimir Mendeslssohn, Michel Strauss, Bernard Greenhouse or Joseph Silverstein, and she is a favourite of the Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair. In so doing, she has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertegebouw, and in leading European Festivals.
Maria Belooussova’s passion for the music of our time has led her to work with internationnally recognized composers, including Krzysztof Penderecki, Sofia Goubaïdoulina, Philippe Hersant and Thierry Escaich, to name but a few. She has been a member of the contemporary ensemble Musique Oblique since 1999.
Her recordings have won numerous awards, including the “Choc” of Le Monde de la Musique, Telerama’s ffff citing, and Opera Magazine’s Diamond Award. She has recorded for Alphée (Chausson, Franck, Ravel; piano-cello duoets with Michel Strauss for Hybrid’music and Soupir Editions (Schumann, Schubert, Fauré, Debussy…), and made the first-ever recording of the 19th century composer Emmanuel de Fonscolombe for Hybrid’music (2008).
Maria Belooussova teaches chamber music at the Paris Conservatoire.