"Beautifully bold. Subtlety, poise, ripe with energy & creativity. She lifts the lid at just the right moment."
- John Stokes, The Music Post
"A fantasy-filled world of sound."
- Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
A sensibility of eclecticism & curiosity have shaped a remarkable creative voice from Australian musician Maryanne Piper during her career. An award-winning clarinettist, soprano saxophonist, composer, producer & educator, Maryanne has forged a "fantasy-filled world of sound" in artistic collaborations spanning five continents across the globe. Virtuosity, ease, musicality, genuine connection, energy & charm bring audiences an authentic stage experience.
Of German, Scottish & British descent, this old world soul has left little untouched in creative output: her artistry isn't bounded by genre - crossing continents, styles & mediums with flair. Her musicianship spans orchestral performance, free improvisation, jazz, avant-garde, modern & contemporary classical, world/folk, experimental & sound art. Sharp creative enquiry & innovation have led her to diverse music settings, theatre productions, plus multi-genre projects including visual arts, film, dance, literature & site specific sound installations.
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Maryanne has performed with artists such as Bang on a Can (NYC), Don Byron (Blue Note Records), Evan Ziporyn, London Sinfonia, European Contemporary Ensemble, film orchestras internationally, New Huddersfield Collective, Helios Theater Germany, Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, Ralf Grobel, Gwenneth Pryor (RCM, London), Schauspielbühnen Stuttgart/Berlin, Hong Kong sound artist Samson Young (Exhibition: "A dark theme keeps me here, I'll make a broken music," Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany 2016 - 2017), Rob Thorne - trad. Maori instrumentalist (New Zealand), Daniel Weltlinger & Daniel Pliner (The Asthmatix), Damian Wright (Bandaluzia Flamenco), Tania Giannouli (Greece), Peter Jacquemyn (Belgium), diverse Improviser & Composer's Orchestras internationally, crossover artists Keyna Wilkins & Rachel Drubetsky (Lilith Night), to int. popular acts like Sarah McLachlan & award-winning folk artists such as Michael Fix.
Radio broadcasts, recording, residencies, touring, workshops, creative & educational writing, composing, plus visual art comprise her creative life. Maryanne has recorded for ABC Classics, ABC Radio, Radio National & the Fine Music network Australia, BBC UK, NPO The Netherlands, CBC Canada, ARTE France. RTE Ireland etc.
Awards & recognition include: Mayor of Tamworth Award for Excellence in Music, Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence twice (QLD Conservatorium), Sir Frank Packer Scholarship (Sydney Conservatorium/Uni. of Sydney), Sydney Conservatorium Ass. Travel Award twice, 2MBS Fine Music Young Performer Award, ABC Radio Young Australia Programme, International NUFFIC - HUYGENS scholarship from the Dutch Government, Swiss Award for Collaborative Composition, Inter-Artists Residency Berlin 2010, Bundanon Trust Artist Residency NSW Australia 2019, NRW Kultur-sekretariat (NRW Cultural Council Germany) award for Children's Theatre of the Month 2013 (music specialised), among others.
Maryanne has been commissioned by the German states of Baden-Württemberg, Brandenburg & North Rhine-Westphalia, & involved in the development/premiere of numerous commissions including: NRW Kultursekretariat Gütersloh, Germany with Helios Theater; Stadt Wuppertal with her own theater works specialising in music/foreign language for young audiences; Music Canada & ACF American Composers Forum with music collaborations, in addition to installations at festivals in Zagreb Croatia, New England Australia, Prague Czech Republic, Cologne / Freiburg / Düsseldorf, Germany.
Text: John Stokes