Maryam Raya is internationally recognized for her dynamic stage presence and creative versatility. Born in Washington D.C., she began performing at the age of nine, and made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of fourteen.
A prizewinner of numerous competitions and audience awards, she has been invited to perform in venues which include Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, The National Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Tenri Cultural Institute, Greenwich House Music School, The National Opera Center, The Kosciuszko Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the Embassy of Poland, and the Embassy of France.
In addition to her appearances across the United States, she has performed on international stages in countries including France, Italy, China, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Dubai.
Maryam's passion for the interconnectedness of all art forms has led her to perform in spaces outside of the traditional recital hall. She frequently plays in art galleries and museums, and has been invited to perform in various fashion and film festivals. Most recently, Maryam was invited to perform in Couture Fashion Week in New York and Cannes. She especially commands the repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries, through which she specializes in integrating performances of newer works with visual arts and poetry as a means of communicating and connecting with audiences of diverse backgrounds.
From a young age, Maryam was fortunate to have performed for and been mentored by actively performing artists including Jeffrey Swann, Natalya Antonova, Oxana Yablonskaya, Leslie Howard, Jerome Lowenthal, Stephen Hough, Richard Goode, Andre Laplante, Alexander Kobrin, Eteri Andjaparidze, and Jura Margulis.
A graduate of both the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Natalya Antonova, and the dual degree program at the University of Rochester, Maryam holds both Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, both of which she completed in four years. She also holds a second Master's degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from New York University. Maryam completed pre-college piano studies in Washington D.C. with Mikhail Volchok beginning from the age of twelve at the University of Maryland. In addition to her accomplishments in piano and literature, she is a published fashion model.
Maryam serves on Adjunct Faculty in Piano at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and runs her own private studio in Manhattan.