“...impressive sovereignty...with a masterly virtuosity
and intimate empathy...as well as innovative ideas”

(PIANONews 3-2019)


Sonorous inauguration of the concert hall

MaakAlbertz full house release concert in Meiningen (Oct. 15) presenting their brand new album In the Secret of the World.

"The piano recital inaugurated the recently finished venue [...] With her fascinating programme, Anna-Maria Maak ensured that it would also be a very special musical experience".

"The concert hall stopped breathing [...] The audience was very touched and enthusiastic".

"A wide range of playful skills and compositional diversity [...] A first-class artist and a moving programme".

Full text HERE (only for newspaper subscribers)


"What the artist lets us hear is overwhelming [...] A moving concert, [...] and special because, thanks to Anna-Maria Maak's brilliant interpretation and Sef Albertz's creative compositions, it stimulates and transports feelings. And because it rightly provokes abundant applause".

An extract from another great review (Südthüringer Zeitung) on Maak & Albertz's release concert in Thuringia (Suhl, Oct. 1st) presenting their new album In the Secret of the World, in which Anna-Maria Maak plays exclusively world premiere recordings of piano works by Sef Albertz & Krzysztof Penderecki.



on 'Meet the Artist' series

"Live in the beauty of the incredible reality that music represents"

Anna-Maria Maak talks about repertoire choices, challenges, successes and influences in her career. Also on her unique artistic collaboration with composer Sef Albertz and their brand new album In the Secret of the World.

The text is accompanied by extensive audio-visual material. Read the full interview HERE.


The newspaper Südthüringer Zeitung reports about Maak & Albertz's upcoming release concerts in Thuringia and the new album In the Secret of the World, in which Anna-Maria Maak plays exclusively world premiere recordings of piano works by Sef Albertz & Krzysztof Penderecki.


of sold out concert in Leipzig

"Anna Maria Maak won everyone over with her sovereign, friendly and natural presence even before the first note.

The music then came upon us suddenly like a natural phenomenon.
[...] many facets of feeling from stirring, gentle, melancholic, dance-like to powerful. A reverent silence reigned in the hall; It gave the impression as if each one was absorbing the tones like long-desired water".


The premiere concert on September 17 in Leipzig is SOLD OUT...!

This first event coincides exactly with the worldwide release (digital and physical) of the album In the Secret of the World, which includes all world premiere recordings of piano works by Sef Albertz and Krzysztof Penderecki. This production is now completing a large artistic concept started by Maak & Albertz with their 2018 successful first album Resplendences around Bach.

Both recordings are HERE and HERE available on label Florentyn Music


from the upcoming album 'In the Secret of the World'.
Series curated by
Anna-Maria Maak & Sef Albertz


BUY Maak & Albertz's new Album 'In the Secret of the World'


CD & Streaming | Sept. 17, 2021  (Pre-Order)
Pianist Anna-Maria Maak plays an All World Premiere Recording 
with music by Sef Albertz and Krzysztof Penderecki

With In the Secret of the World the artist couple Maak & Albertz spans a dramaturgical arc and completes a large artistic concept that started with the previous 2018 production Resplendences around Bach:
...a recording that comes up with interesting as well as innovative ideas
(PIANONews, June 2019).

The concept album features exclusively world premiere recordings of the intercultural music of German-Venezuelan composer Sef Albertz and Krzysztof Penderecki's first solo piano music - the result of a collaboration between the late Polish composer and Maak & Albertz.

The whole release brings together a musical kaleidoscope of multi-faceted and moving piano works: A creative approach to the exploration of identity and the truthful perception of the artistic phenomenon.
Along with the influences of Bach, Beethoven and other music creators, Ibero-American culture, pop and electronic music also find their place in this album. Thus, the artistic-creative discourse transforms into a cosmopolitan vision.

With our music we move in the secret of the world without the urge to unveil a secret, but in the perception of these inexplicable, deep sensations that enrich the experience of life and human connections”, comment Maak & Albertz. 


On July 22, as part of the Series 'Music from Saxony', Anna-Maria Maak will be playing a live streaming concert
with music by Sef Albertz, J.S. Bach, J. Brahms, R. Schumann & K. Penderecki
at the beautiful Albrechtsberg Castle in Dresden.

The project hat been developed by the New York Streaming Platform Dreamstage
with the support of the Saxon Ministry of Culture and Moritzburg Festival.




October 16, 2021 | All day Event
Max Reger Konservatorium Meiningen

Album 'In the Secret of the World'

October 15, 2021 | 7:00 p.m.
Struppsche Villa, Max Reger Konservatorium Meiningen
Music by Albertz, Bach, Brahms,
Schumann & Penderecki.


October 2, 2021 | All day Event
Music School 'Alfred Wagner', Suhl

Album 'In the Secret of the World'

October 1, 2021 | 6:00 p.m.
Rathaus Suhl

Music by Albertz, Bach, Brahms,
Schumann & Penderecki.

Album 'In the Secret of the World'

September 21, 2021 | 7 p.m.
Schwartzsche Villa (Berlin Steglitz)

Music by Albertz, Bach, Brahms,
Schumann & Penderecki.

Album 'In the Secret of the World'

September 17, 2021 | 7 p.m.
Stadtbibliothek Leipzig (Leuschnerplatz)

Music by Albertz, Bach & Penderecki.

'In the Secret of the World'

July 22, 2021 | 7:00 p.m.
As part of the Series 'Music from Saxony'.

Music by Albertz, Bach, Brahms,
Schumann & Penderecki.

(BUY Online Ticket)


July 30, 2021 |
art Kapella Schkeuditz

The Composer’s studio
Anna-Maria Maak plays and talks about works of
and with composer Sef Albertz.


July 17, 2021 |
Schloss Albrechtsberg (Dresden)

LIVE Video Recording of the Piano Recital
'In the Secret of the World'.
With Music by Albertz, Bach, Brahms,
Schumann & Penderecki.
An initiative of the Moritzburg Festival


July 11, 2021 | 2:00 p.m.
Chapel of Parkfriedhof Plagwitz (Leipzig)

Piano Recital, Closing Event of the Art Symposium 'Gespiegelte Zeit' (Mirrored Time).
Music by Sef Albertz, Lily Boulanger, Mélanie Bonis
& Krzysztof Penderecki.


July 09, 2021 | 3:00 & 5:00 p.m.
Chapel of Parkfriedhof Plagwitz (Leipzig)

The Composer’s studio
Anna-Maria Maak plays and talks about works of
and with composer Sef Albertz.

As part of the Art Symposium 'Gespiegelte Zeit'
(Mirrored Time) organized by GEDOK Leipzig.


Juni 22, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

art Kapella Schkeuditz

Workshop, Lecture & Recital 'Damals und Heute - Tonschöpfer in und um Leipzig' (Then and Now - Sound Creator in and around Leipzig).

Music by Albertz, Brahms, Janacek,
Schumann & Mendelssohn.

Project supported by the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen (Cultural Heritage Foundation of the Free State of Saxony).




Anna-Maria Maak's new album 'In the Secret of the World' brings together a musical kaleidoscope of piano works, which reflect a multifaceted and moving expression of new classical music. The album is an all world premiere recordings of compositions by Sef Albertz and Krzysztof Penderecki, which have been inspired by Bach, Beethoven, Latin American, pop and electronic music.
The recordings were completed in January 2021 and the worldwide release (digital and physical) will be on September 17th, 2021 under the label Florentyn Music.



From May 20th to 27th (2021) the renowned national competition "Jugend musiziert" will take place in Bremen and Bremerhaven.
Anna-Maria Maak is member of the jury.



The traditional Germany-wide competition takes place at regional and state level as an online competition due to the pandemic.
Anna-Maria Maak participes also as a juror here on March 20/21.


Selected by the Saxon State Chancellery

Sef's composition «In the Secret of the World», which gives the title to the new album by Maak & Albertz, was selected for a music video production, which will be presented by the Saxon State Chancellery (Sächsische Staatskanzlei) through the campaign «So geht sächsisch - Kultur digital» commissioned by the Saxon government!

The Staatskanzlei commented in this regard:

„We really like the project idea and your music [...] We are therefore happy to fully support the production of the music video «In the Secret of the World»“



New album: Leipzig duo explores the „Secret of the World“

Newspaper Leipziger Volkszeitung

„[...] sparkling piano music, which is to lead the audience to the edge of their own horizon and a little bit beyond [...]



The musician couple at MDR Klassik Radio (audio in German)


In just under 3 weeks, more than 100 supporters
made possible the new production
through a successful crowdfunding campaign:

Keep your courage - despite uncertain times!
This is the message of the new piano album
« In the Secret of the World »
by Maak & Albertz,
it's an artistic response...!


Maak & Albertz
The New Piano Album

Den Mut behalten - trotz ungewisser Zeiten!
Diese Botschaft vermitteln wir mit dem neuen Klavieralbum « In the Secret of the World »,
es ist eine künstlerische Antwort.
Nun soll es den Weg in die Welt finden - gemeinsam mit Dir können wir es schaffen!



in the artKapella Schkeuditz
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
5 p.m. 

16 - 17


in the Landesmusikakademie Sachsen.
Including music by
Sef Albertz
Ludwig van Beethoven &
Robert Schumann



Dec. 14, 2020
'Beethovens Geist (Episode IV)
Nov. 18, 2020
'Beethovens Geist (Episode III)
Oct. 28, 2020
'Beethovens Geist' (Episode II)



in the artKapella Schkeuditz
(2 p.m.) 
With music by
Sef Albertz,
Claude Debussy &
Federico Mompou



Sept. 03, 2020
'Beethovens Geist' (Episode I)
Aug. 30, 2020
'Resplendences' (Episode V)
Aug. 08, 2020
'Resplendences' (Episode IV)
Aug. 08, 2020
'Resplendences' (Episode III)
Aug. 19, 2020
'Resplendences' (Episode II)

18 - 20


in the Schloss Colditz.
the participants
of the state competition
'Jugend musiziert'



'Resplendences' (Episode I)

10 - 16


in the Landesmusikakademie Sachsen.
Including Music by
Sef Albertz,
Johann Sebastian Bach,
Johannes Brahms,
Philip Glass,
Krzysztof Penderecki
Robert Schumann


Supported by the Leipzig Department of Culture (Kulturamt Leipzig) and curated by Anna-Maria Maak, the German pianist presents virtual episodes with
LIVE performances of 'Resplendences around Bach'
- her celebrated concept album
with music by J.S. Bach & Sef Albertz.



at the State Music Academy of Saxony

Originally as a member of the jury and now, due to the pandemic,
in her role as a lecturer, Anna-Maria Maak was again invited by the Saxon Music Council to offer a piano workshop from August 18 to 20 for the participants of the state competition 'Jugend musiziert', in the beautiful castle 'Schloss Colditz'.


New World Premiere

Sef Albertz has composed a new work for solo piano (ca. 15 min.),
which Anna-Maria Maak will premiere and include
in her recitals during the 2020-21 Season.
The work habe been possible by a grant from the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen (Cultural Heritage Foundation of the Free State of Saxony).

Beethovens Geist
(Recital postponed
due to COVID-19)

Anna-Maria Maak will be presenting on April 23 (2020) at Händel-Haus in Halle (Saale) her new recital 'Beethovens Geist', which includes the exclusive performance of Krzysztof Penderecki's first solo piano music (premiered by her at the beginning of 2019) as well as 'Ludwig and the Allegories of the Sea' by Sef Albertz, a new composition to commemorate Beethoven's 250th anniversary.


Competition Jury
due to COVID-19)

From March 20 to 22, Anna-Maria Maak will be jury member of 'Jugend musiziert'. This is the most important German competition for children and adolescents, which involves some of the most talented
young musicians of Germany.
Anna-Maria: "I am really looking forward to this responsable task"

in completely sold-out concert 

Alongside a sublime performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto KV 466, Anna-Maria Maak played the solo part in the new orchestral composition by Sef Albertz 'The World through Emilia's Dreams
with the Kammerphilharmonie der Universität Stuttgart, which commisioned the work.
What an enthusiastic response from the Stuttgart audience!


"GEMEINSAM GROßES SCHAFFEN" (Creating great things together)

2020 begins with a great four-page article in the prestigious magazine PIANONews about the artistic career of Anna-Maria and
her creative collaboration with composer Sef Albertz.
In addition, Anna-Maria's upcoming projects with Sef's music and
the world premiere recording of Penderecki's first solo piano music.
The magazine is available in Germany, Austria,
Luxembourg & Switzerland.



Accompanied by the Kammerphilharmonie der Universität Stuttgart, Anna-Maria will play the solo part in Sef Albertz's most recent orchestral work, which has been inspired by nature and
also by the other works that complete the concert program
(Mozart's Piano Concerto KV 466 and Beethoven's Third Symphony).
The composition was commissioned by the Kammerphilharmonie 
and was written for Anna-Maria.


On the Road

Anna-Maria Maak continues to present the repertoire of the album Resplendences around Bach: This time, including exclusively the performance of Krzysztof Penderecki's first solo piano music,
which she premiered worldwide in early 2019.
Also, she will be presenting new compositions by Sef Albertz
in advance to 'Beethoven Year' 2020.


Feb. 15, 2020 | Vaihingen (Stuttgart)
Mozart Piano Concerto N° 20 & New Concertante Work of Sef Albertz
Kammerphilharmonie der Universität Stuttgart

Jan. 19, 2020 | 14:00 | Galerie art Kapella (Schkeuditz)

Dec. 15, 2019 | 16:00 | House Concert in Schlachtensee (Berlin)
As part of 'Beethoven bei uns'

Dec. 14, 2019 | 17:00 | Lange Klaviere (Weimar)
with World Premiere of Sef Albertz as part of 'Beethoven bei uns'

Dec. 8, 2019 | 19:00 | Salle de Pologne (Leipzig)

Nov. 13 & 14, 2019 | 20:00 | Wein Galerie (Leipzig)

Oct. 8, 2019 | 19:30 | Villa Najork (Leipzig)
with World Premiere of Sef Albertz


Anna-Maria Maak was jury member of the 12th edition of “The Young Pianist" International Competition in Pristina (Kosovo) from 21st - 25th of june 2019.

Agron Shujaku (Manager of the Competition):

"We are pleased to announce that Anna-Maria Maak will be a jury member at the 12th edition of the 'Young Pianist' competition. A pianist from the city of Bach-Leipzig with a sensational career recently recognized with the premiere of the first solo piano work by greatest living composer Krzysztof Penderecki"



Anna-Maria Maak played successfully
3 World Premieres 
of Sef Albertz
at the 'Festival of Lights' with the
MDR Sinfonieorchester under Kristjan Järvi



(Extracts from
sold-out concert)
Anna-Maria Maak
playing the music of
Sef Albertz
with the
MDR Sinfonieorchester
under Kristjan Järvi



Resplendences around Bach
(ranked No. 1 on the German CHARTS:
iTunes & Soundcloud Classical).
With original & arranged music by Sef Albertz



Anna-Maria Maak premiered with sensational success
the first solo piano
composition of
Krzysztof Penderecki
'Aria, Ciaccona & Vivace'

"What a spectacular premiere of my Piano Concerto! [...]
She's a champion of the music from the Americas & Spain"

(Marlos Nobre | Brazilian Composer)

Anna-Maria Maak

© by M&A GbR

Impressive sovereignty, [...] skilful virtuosity and intimate empathy” (PIANONews June, 2019) is how the specialist press attests to Anna-Maria Maak’s piano playing. Her inherent artistic restlessness, curiosity and energetic versatile spirit enable the artist to think in a multi-dimensional way. Her continuous search for new repertoire challenges allows her to constantly discover astonishing elements of musical interpretation and interaction with the audience.

In late March 2019, Maak set a milestone in her artistic career with the world premiere performance of the first solo piano work by acclaimed composer Krzysztof Penderecki. On her forthcoming album In the Secret of the World (Sept. 17, 2021), she performs a programme of all world premiere recordings that includes both the work of the Polish creator as well as the interculturally influenced music of the German-Venezuelan composer Sef Albertz.
Already in 2016 Maak, together with Albertz, conceived a major artistic concept, which was initiated with the 2018 production Resplendences around Bach (“...a recording that offers interesting as well as innovative ideas” - PIANONews, June, 2019).  The album reached number 1 in the iTunes and Soundcloud charts (Classical in Germany).

Maak's concert activity has taken her to different cities in Europe, to major events such as the Rhein-Ruhr Piano Festival, and to artistic collaborations such as with the MDR Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kristjan Järvi.

Through multimedia productions such as Piano of Light or Infancia (Childhood), in which music is constantly connected with light, sound and video installations, Anna-Maria Maak creates “with a skilful dramaturgy [...] a mature concept [...] a new kind of piano recital
(Leipziger Volkszeitung). 

Beeindruckende Souveränität, [...] geschickte Virtuosität und intimes Einfühlungsvermögen“ (PIANONews Juni 2019) bescheinigt die Fachpresse Anna-Maria Maaks Klavierspiel. Die ihr innewohnende künstlerische Rastlosigkeit, Neugier und ihr tatkräftiger vielseitiger Geist ermöglichen der Künstlerin eine mehrdimensionale Denkweise. Ihre fortwährende Suche nach neuen Repertoireherausforderungen lässt sie stets verblüffende Elemente musikalischer Interpretation und Interaktion mit dem Publikum entdecken.

Ende März 2019 setzte Maak einen Meilenstein in ihrer künstlerischen Karriere mit der Urauffürung des ersten Solo-Klavierwerks des gefeierten Komponisten Krzysztof Penderecki. Auf ihrem kommenden Album In the Secret of the World (17.09.2021) spielt sie ein gesamtes Programm von Weltersteinspielungen, welches sowohl das Werk des polnischen Tonschöpfers als auch die interkulturell geprägte Musik des deutsch-venezolanischen Komponisten Sef Albertz enthält.
Bereits 2016 konzipierte Maak gemeinsam mit Albertz ein großes künstlerisches Konzept, welches mit der vorangegangenen 2018er Produktion Resplendences around Bach („...eine Einspielung, die mit interessanten wie innovativen ldeen aufwartet“ - PIANONews, 06.2019) begann. Das Album erreichte Platz 1 der CHARTS von iTunes und Soundcloud (Classical in Germany).

Maaks Konzerttätigkeit führte sie in viele verschiedene Städte Europas, zu großen Veranstaltungen wie dem Klavierfestival Rhein-Ruhr und zu künstlerischen Partnerschaften wie mit dem MDR Symphonieorchester und dem Dirigenten Kristjan Järvi.

Durch multimediale Aufführungen wie Piano of Light oder Infancia (Kindheit), bei denen die Musik in eine konstante Verbindung mit Licht-, Klang- und Videoinstallationen tritt, erschafft Anna-Maria Maak „in geschickter Dramaturgie [...] mit einem ausgereiften Konzept [...] eine neue Art des Klavierabends“ (Leipziger Volkszeitung). 

De una “impresionante soberanía, [...] hábil virtuosismo e íntima empatía” (PIANONews junio, 2019) es como la prensa especializada avala el pianismo de Anna-Maria Maak. Su inherente inquietud artística, su curiosidad y su enérgica versatilidad permiten a la artista pensar de forma multidimensional. Su constante búsqueda de nuevos retos en el repertorio le permite descubrir elementos cada vez más fascinantes de interpretación musical e interacción con el público.

A finales de marzo del 2019, Anna-Maria marcó un hito en su carrera artística con el estreno mundial de la primera obra para piano solo del aclamado compositor Krzysztof Penderecki. En su próximo álbum In the Secret of the World (17/09/2021), ella interpreta un programa de exclusivamente grabaciones en primicia mundial que incluye tanto la obra del creador polaco, así como la música de influencia intercultural del compositor germano-venezolano Sef Albertz.
Ya en 2016 Maak, junto a Albertz, concibió un concepto artístico mayor, el cual se inició con la producción del 2018 Resplendences around Bach (“...una grabación que ofreces interesantes además de innovadoras ideas” - PIANONews, Junio, 2019). El álbum alcanzó el número 1 en las listas de iTunes y Soundcloud (Classic in Germany).

La actividad concertística de Maak la ha llevado a diferentes ciudades de Europa, a grandes eventos como el Festival de Piano de Rhein-Ruhr, y a colaboraciones artísticas como la de la Orquesta Sinfónica de la MDR y el director Kristjan Järvi.

A través de producciones multimedia como Piano of Light o Infancia, en los que la música entra en constante conexión con instalaciones de luz, sonido y vídeo, Anna-Maria Maak crea “con una hábil dramaturgia [...] un concepto maduro [...] un nuevo tipo de recital de piano” (Leipziger Volkszeitung).

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"...the pianistic ability of the interpreter
aroused total admiration"

(G. Frackowiak | Newspaper 'Torgauer Zeitug')

"...'brilliant' piano music ... brilliantly played..."

(Prof. Volkmar Lehmann | Dir. Em. Institute for Piano, University of Music Weimar)



CD, LP & Streaming | 2018 
Pianist Anna-Maria Maak plays world premiere recordings
of original & arranged music by Sef Albertz. 

"...a fruitful collaboration between
pianist Anna-Maria Maak and composer Sef Albertz
...entirely committed to modernity...
with impressive sovereignty...masterly virtuosity
and intimate empathy...as well as innovative ideas"

(Magazine PIANONews 3-2019)

"...an enrichment of contemporary piano music"
Prof. Volkmar Lehmann
(Dir. Em. Institute for Piano, University of Music Weimar)

„A great composer...a fantastic performer...a powerful work!”
(Kristjan Järvi, conductor)

„A dramaturgical [and] skillful connection to a fascinating musical world, an exquisite combination of progressive and traditional, jazz and funk, Mediterranean temperament and profundity“
(MDR Press)



'An Andalusian Elegie'

Anna-Maria Maak (Narration & Piano)
Sef Albertz (Guitar)
Texts: Juan Ramón Jiménez
Music: M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco


HOMMAGE (2013)

Double Album including
world premiere recordings.
Music by J. S. Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn & Sef Albertz

Anna-Maria Maak (Piano), Sef Albertz (Guitar) & Strings from
MDR Sinfonieorchester



A Double Album with
world premiere recordings of
Piano works by Sef Albertz.
Also including Ibero-American Piano Music by H. Villa-Lobos,
A. Estévez, F. Mompou, M. Moleiro,
X. Montsalvatge, F. Ruíz,
A. Roldán & Astor Piazzolla

"Music...her mother tongue"

(Prof. Gregor Weichert | University of Music Münster)


Anna-Maria Maak
c/o Florentyn Music
Littstr. 9 HH, 04103 Leipzig


José Hernández
Email: info@florentynmusic.com
Phone: +49 (0) 341 9 27 78 00

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