Currently an associate professor of music at the University of Mount Union, Maira Liliestedt received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Bowling Green State University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. In addition to numerous academic awards, Liliestedt has twice been the recipient of the prestigious Presser Music Award. Active as a performer, pedagogue, and adjudicator, Liliestedt maintains a regular schedule of solo, chamber, and concerto performances. Her performances of the Liszt First Piano Concerto were received enthusiastically; in conductor Eric Benjamin’s words: “hearing Maira Liliestedt play [this concerto] is like watching an Indy race driver take the car out for a spin.” In 2015, Liliestedt presented solo recitals at many universities in the Midwest and abroad, as well as duo and solo concerto performances.
Since 1996, she has been a member of the Appassionata Piano Duo, a successful musical partnership with pianist Janelle Phinney. The ensemble has garnered praise for its “wonderful ensemble, balance, and unity of purpose,” and its “terrific collaboration full of grace and passion.” The duo’s playing has been described as “a warm and deft joining of palpable grace with flawless, often fiery technique,” displaying a “riveting, lucid finesse alternately muscular and delicate.”
Links to recent articles:
Dr. Maira Liliestedt in performance
- Rachmaninoff Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12
- Beethoven Sonata Op. 57, “Appassionata”
- Haydn Sonata No. 50 in C Major
- Rachmaninoff Prelude in B-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 2