New York native Mariel Mayz is a sought-after composer, pianist, educator, and administrator. Mariel’s original works have been described as inventive, colorful, compelling, and well-crafted. Her compositions explore the intersectionality of musical styles and often draw inspiration from her initial musical training as a virtuoso pianist.
As a composer, Mariel’s first large-scale work for the stage—a one-act, chamber opera— was commissioned by American Opera Projects and the Hunter Opera Theater. The work was premiered by the Hunter Opera Theater singers and Talia Ensemble during the 2018 New York Opera Fest; conducted by David Fulmer with projections by Monica Duncan.
Mariel’s most recent works include commissions by two-time Latin Grammy nominee João Luiz, the Higher Ground Festival, guitarist Nora Spielman, violist Elise Frawley, and Porto Pianofest— for their 2019 New Music Series and 2020 Digital Season.
The upcoming season includes two commissioned works for “The Illustrated Pianist,” celebrating the centennial of American author, Ray Bradbury; a concert at the Reitoria da Universidade do Porto with live visual artwork; and a new work for piano and orchestra. Mariel is currently working on the publishing and recording of her solo piano compositions, as well as preparing additional recitals in Europe, New York City and Boston.
Mariel Mayz made her debut as a pianist with the Rockland Symphony Orchestra at the age of sixteen, and thereafter continued to perform in places such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Chamber Society at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, the French Embassy in New York, Tenri Cultural Institute, Roulette, and many other venues. Mariel was named a Hunter College Concerto Competition winner, where she performed the Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major under the baton of Reuben Blundell. Mariel is an avid performer of contemporary music and frequently premieres new musical works in concert alongside standard repertoire.
Mariel Mayz has been invited to a number of summer festivals, including Pianofest in the Hamptons, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Gijon International Piano Festival (Spain) where she has worked closely with Logan Skelton, Jean Saulnier, Dominique Weber, James Giles, Marc Durand, Julian Martin, Robert MacDonald and Miyoko Lotto.
Mariel has studied a variety of musical genres, such as jazz, gospel and improvisation with musicians such as Jean-Michel Pilc and Mac Brandon. Additionally, her experience with musical theater has been developed throughout work with Broadway vocalists and choreographers, as well as her musical direction of productions at New York University.
Mariel received her Bachelor’s degree from New York University with a BM in Piano Performance from the Steinhardt School, and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship from the Stern School of Business and Wagner School of Public Service. She later completed a dual Master’s degree in piano performance and composition at CUNY Hunter College, and is currently a PhD Candidate at Brandeis University.
Mariel’s major teachers include José Ramón Mendez, Seymour Bernstein, Geoffrey Burleson, Suzanne Farrin, and Justin Dello Joio.
Mariel is an Adjunct Professor of music theory at CUNY Hunter College. She also works as a vocal coach, accompanist, and private instructor of piano and composition. She is, additionally, the Program Coordinator of the Hunter Mellon Arts Fellowship— a prestigious scholarship for undergraduate students that provides funding, internships, professional development, and mentoring to young professionals of underrepresented backgrounds who wish to pursue careers in arts administration; a pivotal program for diversity and inclusion within the arts management scene of New York City.
Mariel is the Co-Founder and Associate Director of Porto Pianofest— an international piano festival occurring annually in Porto, Portugal.