KHEIRBEK MARYAM RAYA
KHEIRBEK MARYAM RAYA
Born in Washington, D.C. to a family of doctors, Maryam Raya Kheirbek began concertizing at the age of fourteen. As a prize-winner of numerous international competitions, she made solo appearances in Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Embassy of Poland, the Embassy of France, and the Phillips Collection. She has given recitals across the United States, and internationally in Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Italy, France, Dubai, and China. At the age of thirteen, she was invited to perform for eminent Australian pianist and Liszt specialist Leslie Howard, who encouraged her to pursue a career in concert performance. Since then, Maryam has performed in numerous festivals which include guest artist at the Alion-Baltic International Music Festival, the International Piano Festival in Pineto, Italy, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy in Beijing, China, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Tanglewood Music Center, among many others. Maryam holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Literature under the tutelage of Natalya Antonova, where she held graduate assistantships in both teaching keyboard skills as well as accompanying. Maryam also holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Eastman School as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Rochester, both of which she completed concurrently in four years with the highest honors. An artist of many media, Maryam is passionate about the integration of poetry into performance as a means of communicating and connecting with audiences of diverse backgrounds. In addition to her accomplishments as a pianist and a writer, she achieved national recognition as an actress from an early age, performing in various stage productions. Maryam is a member of the Adjunct Faculty in Piano at New York Universiy’s Steinhardt of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the Piano Teachers Congress of New York, and runs her own private studio. She does publicized work in glamour modeling and freelance editing, while maintaining a highly active schedule as a performer and speaker in the New York City and Washington D.C. metropolitan areas. She especially commands the repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries, through which, including numerous premieres, she specializes in integrating performances of newer works with visual arts and poetry, successfully redefining the recital into a total “Gesamtkunstwerk” of an experience for all audiences.