Cellist Maria Zachariadou is Assistant Principal of the BBC Philharmonic since 2017. Principal guest appearances include RSNO, CBSO and Opera North, among others.
She had previously been member of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London where, in 2014, founded the acclaimed Philharmonia Chamber Players. With a great passion for chamber music, Maria also toured Japan twice with her baroque group La Sfera Musicale to critical acclaim and released the CD “Baroque Dialogues” on Waon Records.
Maria studied in Stockholm (with Mats Rondin), London (with Melissa Phelps) and Düsseldorf, where she completed her Konzertexamen Solo/Dip with distinction with Johannes Goritzki and Nicolaus Trieb. During her time in Germany, her piano trio “Melange” won different regional prizes and performed extensively in the country.
Maria played in Masterclasses (with Ralph Kirschbaum, Frans Helmersson, David Geringas, Truls Mørk, among others) and in festivals – Paxos and Samos music festivals in Greece, Mendelssohn on Mull in Scotland and Holland Music Sessions. She also obtained a Winter residency at the Banff Center of Arts in Canada and a semester at the University of Bloomington in the US.
Her experience as a music Professor includes the Royal College of Music in London. She plays on a F. Ravatin cello kindly loaned to her from the Järnåker Foundation in Sweden. Maria is now based in Manchester where she lives with Rino and their son Nicholas.
Updated April 2022