“Maria Florea, a prodigy, specially in musicality (…)Fantastic sound, good technique and impeccable intonation…”Jorge de Persia (La Vanguardia)
Maria was born in Barcelona in 1993, and started his violin studies at the age of four with her father Cristian Florea, cellist and conductor of the Moldavian Chamber Orchestra. From a young age, Maria showed a very natural musical talent, and when she was only seven years old she performed her first concert as a soloist with the Montbèliard Orchestra (France).
She studied with Gonçal Comellas (Spain) Stefan Gheorghiu (Romania) and Adelina Oprean (Switzerland) and has also attended master classes with Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Eduard Schmieder, Pamela Frank, Yair Kless, Günther Pichler etc..
She attended the Reina Sofia Music School in Madrid, from 2010 to 2014 under the guidance of violin professors Zakhar Bron and Yuri Volguin. She was also a member of the “Albeniz de Prosegur” chamber music group with professors Heime Müller and Marta Gulyas. She was awarded the “Outstanding string quartet Award” 2012-2013, given by Her Majesty the Queen of Spain.
The “Albeniz de Prosegur” group, performed at many concert halls of Spain, including “Auditiorio Sony”, the very prestigious Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, and they where live recorded several times by the Spanish National Radio.
She has performed as soloist in “Palau de la Musica Catalana” (Barcelona), Ateneu and Radio Hall of Bucharest (Romania), Organ Hall (Republic of Moldova), Sala Thalia of Sibiu (Romania) among others and given recitals in many countries such as France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, United Kingdom Poland, Ecuador and Spain.
Since 2012, Maria stablished a regular collaboration with the Spanish pianist Juan Barahona. They have performed as a duo in Ecuador, Germany, Austria, England, Spain, Romania and Republic of Moldavia and they have lately developed a great interest in introducing Spanish music all over the world with works such as Joaquín Turina “Poema de una Sanluqueña” and Manuel de Falla “Canciones populares Españolas”.
Maria has received several prizes and awards in different competitions as “Jeunesses Musicales” in Bucharest (Romania), “Paper de Musica” (Barcelona), “Wieniawski Competition” in Lublin (Poland), “Young Virtuosos” in Sofia (Bulgaria), and with her duo she became a finalist of the “Parkhouse Award” which took place at the Wigmore Hall of London.
She completed her Master degree with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music in London with professor György Pauk receiving a special prize for best final recital.
At the moment, Maria continues her Postgraduate studies at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg with professor Rainer Schmidt.