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 2021.
In February 2020 she performed with Carmen Paris at the Prado Museum in Madrid, within the program of the International Festival of Sacred Art FIAS 2020.
In autumn 2020, after her participation in the Dissidences cycle together with the poet Guadalupe Grande, she premiered VISION in its entirety at the La Cabrera Humanities Center, within the El Piano del Albéniz cycle, being the beginning of a Madrid tour that led María Parra to participate with VISION in the 21Districts cycle (Nicolás Salmerón and Casa de Vacas Cultural Centers) organized by the Madrid City Council and in the Autores de teclas festival organized by the SGAE, on November 20th.
Furthermore, María Parra is one of the artists selected by AECID (Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development) for its 2020-21 catalog that showcases Spanish creative talent around the world during that period through the VENTANA program. With the agency, she also participates with part of her work in the dissemination of Spanish culture around October 12th.