Maryam Raya Kheirbek is internationally recognized for her dynamic stage presence and creative versatility. Born in Washington D.C. to a family of doctors, she gave her first public recital at the age of nine, and made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of sixteen.
A prizewinner of numerous competitions and audience awards, she has made solo appearances in venues which include Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, The National Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 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, the Embassy of France, and others. In addition to her appearances in the United States, she has performed on international stages in countries which include France, Italy, China, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Dubai.
Maryam has performed actively in festivals since the age of eleven. She was most recently invited to the Alion-Baltic International Music Festival, the International Piano Festival in Pineto, Italy, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy in Beijing, China, Tanglewood Music Center, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, among others. She has performed in public master class with artists which include 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 a Master’s in Piano Performance as well as a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She completed both undergraduate degrees in four years. She also holds a second Master's degree in Piano Performance as well as in Pedagogy from New York University. Maryam’s undergraduate literary work culminated in an independent study and thesis on the oeuvre of metaphysical poets John Donne and Andrew Marvell, as well as an exploration into redefining the metaphysical in the 21st century with celebrated author and noted Renaissance scholar Kenneth Gross. Maryam completed pre-college piano studies in Washington D.C. with Mikhail Volchok beginning from the age of twelve. In addition to her esteemed accomplishments as a pianist and a writer, she has achieved national recognition as an actress from an early age and is a agency fashion and editorial model.
Maryam Raya Kheirbek serves on Adjunct Faculty in Piano at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is a passionate advocate of community inclusion into the arts, and organizes recitals in public schools and homes throughout all New York City boroughs. Maryam 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.