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BIO

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent
- Victor Hugo

Beginnings and training

Maria Franz, born in Hamburg into a German-Haitian family, began playing the cello with Barbara Varsanyi at the age of 6, studying with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt as a young student in Weimar and moving on to Dresden and Basel, where she studied with Danjulo Ishizaka completed her bachelor's and master's degree.

Musical impulses

 

She spent her childhood and youth in Bonn, where she won several first prizes at national youth competitions. In this way she came into contact with renowned cello professors at an early stage and regularly attended master classes, for example at the renowned Kronberg Academy and the master classes in Rutesheim. She received important impulses from Jens-Peter Maintz, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Philippe Muller, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Danjulo Ishizaka. As a passionate chamber musician, diverse literature is particularly important to Maria Franz. During her career, she did not concentrate exclusively on the standard literature for cello, but is also constantly looking for an exchange with young, contemporary composers of new music. Impressive encounters and projects with composers such as Manos Tsangaris, Carola Bauckholt and Simon Steen-Andersen led to a deep understanding and interest in the zeitgeist and the development of modern classical music. The world premiere of the Concerto for Cello Solo and Orchestra by Jörg Herchet in 2016 was a special opportunity for Maria Franz to explore music that had not been performed before in exchange with an established composer. The experience of making a piece of music sound without bias became an important element in her playing. Maria Franz is most interested in an individual sound conception and is also exploring the classical repertoire anew. Engagements in new music have taken her to Berlin, for example, at the Neuköllner Oper 2018, and to Stuttgart for the “Music of the Centuries”. Maria Franz has also acquired a large repertoire in the classical chamber music repertoire. As a scholarship holder of the renowned “Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz” foundation, she can be heard regularly in various casts. From duo to Camerata, she has participated in various festivals and radio recordings.