playing the music of
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
'Aria, Ciaccona & Vivace'
“...a concert of a special kind [...] very convincing
[…] the pianistic ability of the interpreter aroused total admiration”.
In this way the critics praised one of the most recent recitals of Anna-Maria Maak, where she added a new milestone to her artistic career by playing the world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s first solo piano work.
In keeping with the modernity of our time, Anna-Maria Maak is a versatile artist with a multifaceted cultural background. Although possessing impressive multilingual capabilities, “music is her mother tongue” as professional critics confirm again and again unanimously. And in that her native language, she is able to transmit very different musical expressions through the piano keys in a very natural and spontaneous way: “The expressive interpretation and virtuoso performance...intermingled so harmoniously”, as the press testifies.
After her acclaimed success at the ‘MDR Festival of Lights’ in Leipzig, Anna-Maria Maak has released the production 'Resplendences around Bach' with world premiere recordings of the program presented in that occasion - a conceptual project conceived in conjunction with the Venezuelan-German composer Sef Albertz. The original works and adaptations conceived for the album have been exclusively written for and dedicated to the pianist: a first idea of the deep and exciting collaboration, unique to this artist couple.
The album has reached No. 1 in the CHARTS iTunes and Soundcloud (Classical in Germany).
Her energetic and versatile spirit, her restlessness and artistic curiosity allow Anna-Maria Maak to have a multidimensional approach that inspires and allows her to discover new elements of musical interpretation and interaction with the public. The specialized critics certify “a careful interpretation up in the finest detail” (Diverdi Spain), not only of the great milestones of the pianistic repertoire but of exceptional new works and contemporary composers such as Luis de Pablo and Carlos Cruz de Castro from Spain or the Cuban Leo Brouwer.
As an example of this, at the famous Gewandhaus in Leipzig, she performed the German premiere of 'Concertante do Imaginário' for piano and orchestra by the Brazilian Marlos Nobre. The eminent composer, himself an honored guest of the event, declared euphorically after the concert: "it has been a source of great satisfaction, naturally under the high level of musicianship and professionalism demonstrated by the pianist Anna-Maria Maak...a champion of the music from the Americas and Spain".
Her concert career has taken her to many different European cities, to major events such as the famous ‘Ruhr Piano Festival’ and to artistic partnerships with the MDR Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kristjan Järvi.
The multimedia concerts 'Piano of Light' and 'Infancia' among others, have been another deserved success in Anna-Maria Maak's career. In these events, music and piano come into constant connection
with light, sound and video installations, resulting in
“a clever dramaturgy...with a mature concept ... a new way of the piano recital” (LVZ).
Her musical and pianistic talent has been captured in record productions like 'INFANCIA' (Childhood) with music from Spain and Latin-America or the Cd 'HOMMAGE', which includes works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Schumann. But also an album like 'PLATERO UND ICH' not only shows her musical abilities but also Maak's histrionic skills as a narrator-actress. In recitals, the artist offers this proposal in four different languages:
German, Spanish, Russian or English.
CD, LP & Streaming | 2018
Pianist Anna-Maria Maak plays world premiere recordings
of original & arranged music by Sef Albertz.
"...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“
'An Andalusian Elegie'
Anna-Maria Maak (Narration & Piano)
Sef Albertz (Guitar)
Texts: Juan Ramón Jiménez
Music: M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Double Album including
world premiere recordings.
Music by J. S. Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn & Sef Albertz
Anna-Maria Maak (Piano), Sef Albertz (Guitar) & Strings from
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