Maria Gîlicel started her violin and music studies at the age of 4, learning with her Romanian parents. She acquired her degree at the Conservatorio Adolfo Salazar in Madrid under Farid Fasla before graduating with First Class Honours as a student of Ani Schnarch at the RCM, where she is now taking her Masters in Performance with Maciej Rakowski. Maria made her début at an early age at Madrid's National Auditorium and has since performed at many venues, including Wigmore Hall, Buckingham Palace, RFH, St John’s Smith Square, Museo Sartorio (Trieste), Casa Tartini (Slovenia) and the Romanian Cultural Institute of London. In 2018 she performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe as part of its Academy during its tour in Italy. She also took part in the BBC Symphony Orchestra Pathway Scheme. She is a founder of the Chloé Piano Trio and the Thaleia String Quartet. Most recently she won the Tillett Trust Young Artists' Platform and the RPS Emily Anderson Prize.
*See the panel for details of her concert in the 2019 LDSM festival.