“María Parra Peñafiel is a pianist but also something more. For both her and some others of the same race, music is life itself, relieved of all burden. Music is the reason (or the unreason) for the life of this artist who, through the tips of her fingers, offers testimony of a demand for truth and beauty from which, in short, no true artist can escape …”.
Maria Parra, born in Soria, began her musical studies aged eight, ending her (professional) degree with the grade of A with Honours in the final senior degree course as external student in Tarragona’s Convervatory. She studied improvisation techniques and jazz harmony at the “Taller de Músics” in Barcelona, finishing over three years with the prestigious teachers Jacques Rouvier and Prisca Benoit at the Senior Conservatoire in Paris. She holds a postgraduate diploma in the “Master in Spanish Music” from the renowned pianist Alícia de Larrocha, awarded at the “Marshall Academy” in Barcelona.
MARIA PARRA. El correo de Andalucia. 4/01/2015
“«Learning with Alicia de Larrocha was a gift from life»”
MARIA PARRA. DIari de Tarragona 27/8/2019
“I feel very free and I am very happy creating music”
Maria Parra has taught in a variety of Catalan centres and conservatories (Reus, Tarragona, Vilaseca, Taller de Músicos), she has imparted master classes in Spanish music in Spain and Germany (the Ensemblia Festival) and has taken part in papers on education and in conferences.
She has played in many European countries, appearing at various piano festivals such as “Ensemblia”, the “Neckargemünd” international festival in Germany, “Pianorama” in Florence, “Festival de Sant Pere de Rodes” in Girona, in the “Museo Cau Ferrat” in Sitges, the French Summer Festival in Sarlat and at the “Chateaux Chantants” festival, also in France, as part of the international seminar on architectural and cultural heritage.
She is the creator and director of the Tarragona “Bouquet Festival”, amalgamating Historical Heritage, music and wine, whose purpose is to propel young talents. This year she will start an other festival in Reus (Vermusic) with the same philosophy.
She has Two CD’s “Rêverie” with label VERSO (2014) and “Mouvement” with ORPHEUS (2016), having been echoed much of the specialized press and the Spanish media with the best criticism as the magazine RITMO, Hoyesarte, El arte de la fugaa, Magazine Scherzo, RNE radio clasica, RTVE among others. “Rêverie” has been recognized by “Melómano” Magazine with the Gold Medal best recording 2014. Her latest release Mouvement is being the confirmation and recognition of this pianist. She has been the Cover of RITMO magazine in January 2017.
She was the artistic director of Mediterraneando, the show starring Carmen Paris and she that last October 27 closed the cultural agenda of the XVIII Mediterranean Games and with whom she performed at the Piano Day in Madrid in April 2019. She has recently collaborated with the violist Isabel Villanueva in Bouquet Festival, at the Ellas Crean Festival 2019 in Madrid and in Classics in Summer of the Community of Madrid.
She has just finished shooting a half-film in which she is the protagonist and plays precisely a pianist. The prestigious film school ECIR in Reus, with many awards, including a Goya and an Oscar nomination, is responsible for producing and directing it.
Currently María Parra combines her concert career with the process of creating an album of own compositions.