Instructor of Junior Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp
M.M., Piano Pedagogy, Holy Names University; B.A.,Piano Performance, Faculdade Santa Marcelina (Brazil)
Maria Grant performed with Holy Names Orchestra in the US, and Recife Symphony Orchestra, Poços de Caldas Orchestra, ULM Chamber Orchestra, Santa Marcelina String Orchestra and the São Paulo String Quartet in Brazil. She was featured in recitals series in various prestigious halls in São Paulo, such as Teatro Sesi, Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano, Biblioteca Mario de Andrade, MASP and Teatro Santa Isabel (Recife). She received the Firestone Prize at the Juiz de Fora Chamber Competition , Best Accompanist in Piracicaba Strings Competition, three consecutive full scholarships for the prestigious Campos do Jordao International Music Camp and a grant the Fundation Antorchas for the International Chamber Music Festival in Bariloche (Argentina).
Mrs. Grant is a Master Certified Minnesota Music Teachers Association endorsed year-round judge and an American College of Musician Hall of Fame teacher, adjudicating in various states for the National Guild of Piano teachers since 2006.
Her pedagogical experience includes over 28 years of piano teaching, both in North and South America. Former piano faculty at the state sponsored Universidade Livre de Musica Tom Jobim (Brazil), where she created and trained teachers to implement a new piano group curriculum, and at Holy Names University Preparatory Music Department in Oakland (CA), she currently teaches at a private studio in Minnesota. Her students have won competitions, received many prizes and honors in concerto competitions, state and national auditions (Raissa Tselentsis Scholarship for highest score in the All-Bach Program, Paderewsky Gold Medal and Irl Allison Gold Medal for 10 and 15 national programs) and were awarded a special grant from the Schubert Club.
Maria Grant has a master's degree in Piano Pedagogy from Holy Names University (CA) with specialization in Suzuki and a Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance from Faculdade Santa Marcelina (Brazil). Most influential teachers were Daisy de Luca, Betty Woo, Roy Bogas, Ayrton Pinto, Yara Bernette, Kalle Randalu and Alberto Lysy.