“Her passionate performances completely captivate her audiences,causing them to even forget time and place ..." highlights the Ruhr Zeitung and classifies her between the most thrilling and passionate female piano players of her generation.
Maria Panayiotidou was born in Thessaloniki and began piano lessons at the age of eight. In 1995 she studied at the London College of Music under Prof. George Thymis receiving the grade excellent and a special distinction. In 1998 she graduated with the highest distinction at the Thessaloniki State Conservatory, in 2001 the Cologne Academy (Prof.Vassily Lobanov ) with a full scholarship from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation and later the Royal Academy in Brussels (Evgeny Moguilevsky)
In 2005 she studied chamber music with the Pan ’Arta Trio under the “Alban Berg Quartett „ and Harald Schoneweg.
After completing her studies she attended the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and Mannes College of Music in New York.
She has earned distinctions at international competitions,participated in piano and chamber music seminars with Igor Petrine, Rudolf Kehrer, S.Dorenski, V.Tretyakov,F.Helmerson, P.Nersessian.
Cds with solo and chamber music repertoire by Schubert,Schostakovich and De Falla were released by Aulos/ Musikado records (AUL 66114). It has received great reviews and was repeatedly played at the Deutschlandfunk and other radio stations.
“.....A real firework of virtuosity ...“ (Westfälischer Anzeiger) “ Panayiotidou (....) revealed herself as the processor of a superb technique and a true artist.... "
“ Most notably Maria Panayiotidou shined as a virtuoso soloist and appeared simultaneously as an outstanding chamber musician. "
“ From the first note, the Greek pianist enchanted the audience with her clear sound and warm chords …"
Numerous concerts as a soloist and chamber musician with an enthusiastic response from audiences and press led Maria Panayiotidou to Europe, Russia and the USA.
She is often invited as a jury member in international piano and chamber music competitions.
Numerous radio and television recordings document her career as: SWR2 -WDRNDR-ERT-DW-RIK-ERA