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Following her MM in Piano Performance, Maria was approached by staff of the Metropolitan Opera Company, who were also her mentors at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), with the invitation to study operatic coaching in an Artist Diploma. They admired her "big playing," remarkable ability to play complex Strauss scores at first sight, as well as her charisma and joy of working with singers.
In 2012, Maria's viral YouTube recording of Der Erlkönig, with Canadian Bass Baritone Philippe Sly, has garnered her world-wide recognition. A love for art song and opera alike, Maria has extensive experience working with singers of all ages
In 2010, Maria attended the Franz Schubert Institute on an Austrian Society Award Scholarship, partnered with Canadian bass-baritone, Philippe Sly. While there, they worked with Julius Drake, Helmut Deutsch, Wolfgang Holzmair, Robert Holl, Barbara Bonney, and Elly Ameling, among many others. In 2016, Maria was chosen as the Apprentice Opera Coach for the Against the Grain opera program in Banff, Alberta, where she coached "The Rape of Lucretia.” Later, she was invited to obtain an Artist Diploma in Operatic Coaching on full scholarship from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), just ahead of her invitation to learn to conduct.
Maria is praised for her dynamic and inspiring playing, her ability to sight read complex scores, and her infectious warmth and joy with everyone in the room.
Playing the piano was Maria's first love when discovering music as a child. Her training began in Saskatchewan at age 6, and her degrees include an BMUS from McGill University, an MM, an AD in Operatic Coaching, as well as a MM in Orchestral Conducting, from CCM.
Maria has performed internationally as a soloist, including appearances with the Longview Symphony, TX, Cincinnati Ballet Company, the CCM Philharmonia and Chamber Players, and the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra. As an orchestral pianist, she has performed with the Regina Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, and the Cincinnati Ballet. In 2010, Maria won the principal piano position with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, as well as a placement at the Franz Schubert Institute.
Maria has competed in several National finals competitions in Canada, receiving 2nd place twice at the Federation of Canadian Music Finals, at the Canadian Music Federation of Teachers Association, and the Canadian Music Competition. She has also won several competitions in Saskatchewan, including the Schummiature and Gordon Wallis competitions, and has won the Grand Award for the Saskatchewan Provincial Music Festival.
Maria has worked with piano stars Andre Laplante, and Lee Kum Sing at the Orford Music Academy and the Toronto Summer Music Academy Festival, has performed in masterclass for Lang Lang, at McGill University, and has had the honour of learning from and speaking with Leon Fleisher, Yuja Wang, Angela Hewitt, John Perry, Julis Drake, Marc-André Hamelin, and Malcom Bilson.
Maria's involvement in chamber music began at an early. By age 6, she had begun competing in marching band shows and concert band events with the Regina Lions Band, and three years later, began accompanying her trumpet playing siblings on their engagements, and gigging with a Dixieland Band. Her family ensemble, comprised of four other trumpet players, quickly became known in Saskatchewan as the "trumpet playing family," which was fondly replaced by "Fuller Brass."
Fuller has competed twice with her piano trio, Geistrio, in the United States largest international chamber music competition: Fischoff National Chamber Music Association. The trio was also selected to compete in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Geistrio, which means "spirit" in German, has performed internationally, including as guest artists at the Mozarteum.
In February 2018, Maria and Yamaha Artist, Chase Hawkins, released a CD under the Navona Recording Label.
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