María Parra is a pianist and composer with a classical background, that now covers a wide range of audiences.
She was awarded an Honors Class Degree on her final year of the Higher Piano Program, a Master’s Degree in Spanish music with Alicia de Larocha at the Marshall Academy of Barcelona, and gained specialization with Prisca Benoit at the Paris Conservatory.
In her younger years, she alternated her study of the classics in the conservatories of Tarragona, Vilaseca, and Barcelona with modern composition and improvisation at the workshop studio Músicos de Barcelona. She played with various bands and combos, which enabled her to become familiar with the jazzy vocabulary that she currently uses in her compositions. A hybrid, eclectic universe emerged, made up of both the classic tradition and the latest trends in music.
She has released two albums on the classical side, Rêverie (Verso 2014) and Mouvement (Orpheus 2016, presented in Paris in November 2016), which received the best criticism from the specialised Spanish press. She has performed and given concerts that have been recorded and broadcasted through Radio Clásica (RNE). She was awarded the “Melómano de Oro” for Rêverie and “Discos para la historia” Top 10 of RITMO magazine, in which she was featured artist of the month in January 2017.
She founded the Bouquet Festival of Tarragona and Vermusic of Reus, two festivals that combine historical heritage, music and vermut wine to foster young talent. She was artistic director of Mediterraneando, the performing event of Carmen Paris and herself on October 27th 2018, which set down the cultural agenda for the XVIII Mediterranean Games of Tarragona.
She has taken part in various Spanish festivals and music cycles as a soloist, in camera and orchestra (Ellas Crean with the violist Isabel Villanueva, Clouzo, Piano Day, Eutherpe Foundation, Miradas to Sur…) and offered concerts in France (Bordeaux, Paris, Chateaux Chantants, Périgord Festival), Austria (Salzburg), Germany (Köln, Düsseldorf, Ensemblia and Neckagemu arabines), and Italy (Florence, Pitoadama Festival).
She has starred the film Venus, produced by ECIR, which will be released at different festivals in the course of 2020.
She has recently performed with Carmen Paris at the Prado Museum.