Maria Vila Ariza
Maria’s musical journey started when she was 5 years old at the Municipal Music School of Tremp, with her violin teacher Jordi Casals, with whom she finished her Junior Conservatoire training.
To continue her violin studies, she went to Barcelona to start an Undergraduate Degree in violin in the Superior Conservatory of the Liceu, with the help of the Scholarship Young Promises of the Fundació Ferrer Salat. Those years allowed her to train with recognised teachers and perform in masterclasses with renowned professors such as Lucas Hagen, Pavel Vernikov, Svetlana Makarova, Gonçal Comellas.
Alongside her studies, she had a scholarship from 2011 to 2017, given by the Young National Orchestra of Catalonia (JONC), which has allowed her to expand her knowledge and perform great orchestral works, thanks to its magnificent directors and teachers who participate in the various stages; Pablo González, Goran Nikolitch, David Ballesteros, Goran Gribajcevic, Christian Heubes, Irina Simon-Renes and Timothy Summers.
Recently, she has graduated from a Masters programme in Violin Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, under the tutelage of Ruth Crouch, were she was awarded 1st prize in the Hilda Bailey Violin competition, 1st prize in the Mabel Glover String Quartet Competition and the Mary D Adams Prize for Chamber Music at the RCS. Since living in Scotland she has collaborated with BBC SSO, RSNO and Scottish Ensemble.