The Italian pianist, Maria Perrotta, made her debut at the age of 11 performing
L.v. Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Rendano Theatre of Cosenza, Italy. After graduating with distinction from the Milan Conservatoire in 1996, she studied at the École Normale de Musique in Paris, where she graduated in chamber music. In 2007, she graduated with distinction from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Sergio Perticaroli. In 2004, she won 3rd prize in the 5th J.S. Bach International Piano Competition of Saarbrücken (Germany) gaining critical acclaim: "The crystal-clear sound, the ever-audible structure and stimulating phrasal articulation made this an ideal interpretation." (Allgemeine Zeitung). Other awards include 1st prize in the 2005 S. Giovanni Teatino International Piano Competition; 2nd prize (first prize void), as well as the Schubert prize, in the 2006 Camillo Togni International Piano Competition; and 1st prize in the 2008 Shura Cherkassky International Piano Competition in Milan.
Hailed as an exceptionally communicative interpreter, Maria Perrotta has performed extensively across Europe; she has recorded for the labels Cinik Records and ClassicaViva, for the German radio station Saarländischer Rundfunk and for various television channels. She currently lives in Paris.