Monday, August 4, 2014

Dr. Maria Thompson Corley, Pianist, Performs 'Sorcerer's Apprentice' of Paul Dukas, Transcribed by Gyorgy Sandor, on YouTube (10:32)

Dr. Maria Thompson Corley

Dr. Maria Thompson Corley has been featured in AfriClassical many times.  She has just published a YouTube video:

Sorcerer’s Apprentice - solo piano (10:32)

Published on Jul 31, 2014
Paul Dukas, transcribed by my teacher, Gyorgy Sandor

Bio at

Jamaican­-born Canadian pianist Maria Thompson Corley gave her first public performance at the age of eight.  Since then, she has appeared on radio, television, and concert stages in Canada, the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Europe, both as a solo and collaborative artist, including performances in Budapest at the Liszt Academy, and in Carnegie Recital Hall, Aaron Davis Hall and Alice Tully Hall, all in New York City. She has collaborated with such artists as Metropolitan Opera soprano Priscilla Baskerville, internationally renowned clarinetist James Campbell, and Dara Morales, principal second violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Her performances as soloist with orchestra include engagements with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gunther Schuller, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Gunzenhauser, and the Allegro Chamber Orchestra, with Brian Norcross.  She has also performed with the Philadelphia-­based Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, directed by Jeri­Lynne Johnson.
Her first CD, Dreamer, a collaboration with tenor Darryl Taylor, was released internationally on the Naxos label.  Her subsequent discs, on Albany, include a recording of the first twelve of African American composer Leslie Adams’ etudes for solo piano and Soulscapes, consisting of music for solo piano by African American women. Maria Corley’s recording of “Troubled Water” by Margaret Bonds, included in Soulscapes, was featured in the HBO Family documentary, Kabreeya’s Salad Days.  Her most recent solo CD is Of the Father’s Love Begotten: A Contemplative Christmas.


Dr. Corley’s undergraduate work was completed at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where she studied with Alexandra Munn, whose teachers include Irwin Freundlich. Maria Corley received both masters and doctorate degrees in piano performance from the Juilliard School, where she was a student of renowned Hungarian pianist Gyorgy Sandor. Dr. Corley was the only pianist admitted into Juilliard’s doctoral program for the period of two years. She was also chosen to represent her alma mater in a tour of Central America, where she gave performances and master classes.
Maria Corley is also half of Duo Chiaroscuro (Sara Male, cello).

She serves as the music director and organist for St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Lancaster, PA.

Comment by email:
Oh wow!  What a pleasant surprise!  :)  Thank you, Bill!  Maria  [Dr. Maria Thompson Corley]

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