Praised by San Juan's El Nuevo Dia for her "impressive technique, great clarity, and expressiveness," and by the San Juan Star
for her "excellent rapport" in collaboration, Maria Rivera White has recently performed
in such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin, Steinway, and Alice Tully Hall.
Ms. Rivera White began her study of the piano in England, her birthplace, at the age of five. At the age of eight, she won first place in her own
age group in a competition of the Royal Academy of Music at Oxford. By age thirteen, she had given her first solo performance with orchestra. At that time she won eleven
competitions, most notably the Baldwin National Piano Competition, both at the state and regional (9 states) level as the youngest competitor in her age group. Ms. Rivera White
studied four years in Naples, Italy, with Nunzio Zappulla, professor at the Naples Conservatory of Music. She subsequently received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman
School of Music, after studying with Barbara Lister-Sink and Blanca Uribe. In May of 1998 she completed a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at The Juilliard School, and also was
invited to perform at an international music festival in Kyoto, Japan. She was Adjunct Instructor in Piano at Vassar College for almost a decade and currently has a thriving private studio.
In 2004 Ms. Rivera White performed the world premiere of Vassar composer Suzanne Sorkin's solo piano piece Falling through Crimson and Lead at
Merkin Hall, NYC, which she later recorded. She recently performed the Copland Piano Variations on the Vassar College Modfest and appeared with flutist Emily Gerace on the
Rhinebeck Chamber Music Series, NY. She continues performing throughout the US both in a new series of concerts with her sister Natalia as the Rivera Piano Duo which began
in July of '04, as well as with Marla Rathbun as the Rathbun-Rivera Duo, and with the operatic duo of Nina and Stefano Tanchietti.