Edit Maria Fazakas has been praised by critics for displaying all of the “ingredients necessary to a musician: wild temperament, spiritual depth and playfulness”…“she has the ability to completely metamorphose according to the style and character that her pieces require.”(2011 Bucharest concert review)
A winner of more than 20 international competitions, Mrs. Fazakas has toured across Europe (Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom), as well as in Israel, Japan, Peru and the USA (New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia, Texas, Florida). She has been heard in many important concert venues, such as Genova’s Palazzo Ducale, Salzburg’s Wiener Saal, Harvard’s Sanders Theater, Oberlin’s historical Finney Chapel, the 2000 Hannover World Exhibition, to name but a few. Notably, a 3-week tour of all major German cities and a 2-week tour of the United Kingdom received rave reviews. Recent successes include the Rislov Foundation Award (Michigan, USA), Three Arts International Piano Competition (Ohio, USA), Oberlin Conservatory Mozart Concerto Competition, the Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition and the finals of New York Concert Artists International Competition. Her numerous concerto performances include Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Oberlin Orchestra, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra and Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with the Newton Symphony Orchestra (live TV broadcast) and the Boston University Symphony Orchestra.
In Romania, her native country, she has performed at the Romanian Philharmonic Hall, the Cluj Philharmonic Hall, the Radio Hall, and has made commissioned recordings for the National Radio and Television. Since her concerto debut at age 11 (broadcasted on national TV), she has collaborated with maestros Ludovic Bacs, Bruce Hangen, James Orent, amongst others, and maintains a close performing relationship with Bulgarian conductor Konstantin Dobroykov. Her artistry was perfected with some of today’s most sought-after musicians: Claude Frank, Piotr Paleczny, John O’Conor, John Perry, Choong Mo Kang, Jacques Rouvier, Andre Laplante.
Mrs. Fazakas holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory, as a student of Peter Takacs, and a Master of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory, under the tutelage of Michael Lewin. She also pursued doctoral studies at Boston University. While at Oberlin, she was awarded the Dean’s Talent Award for the full duration of her studies. In Boston, she was the recipient of the Lewitus Scholar Award and was invited to become a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda International Honors Society, as a result of her high academic achievements. She also holds a law degree (LLB), with Merit, from the University of Glasgow School of Law.
Previously a piano instructor at the Oberlin Conservatory, the IP Piano School and Page Music School in Boston, Mrs. Fazakas was also on the faculty of the Youth and Muse Boston International Music Festival in Boston, MA and Vivace Vilnius Summer Music Festival in Vilnius, Lithuania. More recently, Mrs. Fazakas taught at FaceArt Institute of Music in Shanghai, where she was also on the faculty of the Face Art Summer Music Festival.
Some of her current projects include:
■ Bucharest Performing Arts Academy – a private music academy that offers world class music education
■ Infinitum – the story of everything in music and light – a live classical music combined with high tech 3D water screen projections featuring ballet dancer, circus artists, artists on stilts, acrobats, huge puppets, kinetic sculptures and much more.