Maria Coll Torra (Manresa, Barcelona) is an exciting young performer on the international music scene. A prize-winner at international competitions, Maria was most recently a laureate at the Gustav Mahler Cello Prize (February 2020) in the Czech Republic. Maria is very active both as a recitalist and ensemble member, and has appeared on many stages internationally, such as The New World Center on Miami Beach, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Musiikkitalo in Helsinki. A flexible and adaptable artist, Maria has the technical ability to bring her unique musical voice to a broad recital repertoire, ranging from canonical masterworks such as Bach’s suites and Beethoven’s sonatas, to contemporary classics by Gubaidulina and Prokofiev. She has recently been invited to attend festivals such as Cellofest Helsinki (Finland), Miami Music Festival (USA), The Hague Chamber Music Festival (The Netherlands), The Aurora Music Festival (Sweden), Academia Internacional de Música de Solsona (Spain), Allegro Vivo (Austria), Music with Masters (Italy), Esperus Art Fund (France).
A native of the Barcelona region, Maria began her musical studies at the age of seven in her hometown at the Conservatory of Manresa under the tutelage of Amparo Lacruz and Anna Costa. After completing her bachelor’s degree at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague (The Netherlands) in 2017 she continued her studies with Martti Rousi in Helsinki, Emilio Colón in Miami, and Michael Stirling in Amsterdam. She has also been influenced by masterclasses with Gary Hoffman, Roel Dieltiens, Boris Andrianov, Stefan Popov, Marko Ylönen, Lluís Claret, Gustav Rivinius, Alexander Chaushian and David Cohen. In addition, she has also worked with Jacob Shaw at the Scandinavian Cello school (Denmark).
Maria currently performs on a cello by Yangbin Chen, with a bow by Harm Bakker.