Maria Sperling
Maria Sperling


Festival 2001

Maria  Sperling  


Maria Sperling was awarded her Bachelor of Music cum laude and her Masters of Music (Piano Performance & Musicology), also cum laude at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, where her final thesis was entitled: “Music without audience? Contemporary art music in a postmodern society” In 1997, she also received a Diploma Docerend Musicus Piano, (Piano Teaching Diploma) from the Koninklijk Conservatorium, in The Hague, Netherlands.

Grants and study awards included the Hartman-, Franken-, and Molteno bursaries, the Harry Crossley for study abroad in 1995 & 1996, and the Centre for Science & Development bursary in 1998. Additionally she studied “Non-western music techniques in contemporary music” at the Amsterdam Conservatory in 2002. In addition to her many performance activities, she is an active researcher specializing in market research, music education, and audience development.

Recent projects have focussed on South African contemporary music, and on researching and making an inventory of the music education system in primary schools in Amsterdam. Maria performs regularly as pianist and accompanist; and is a freelance pianist with Het Gelders Orkest, where she was recently soloist in Saint-Saëns’ Carnival des Animaux. 

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