Cellist Maria Zachariadou, Assistant Principal of the BBC Philharmonic, was born in Stockholm of Greekparents. After completing her Konzertexamen Solo/Dip with Johannes Goritzki in Düsseldorf, she joined the Philharmonia Orchestra in London in 2009. During her time in Düsseldorf her piano trio Melange won different regional prizes and it performed extensively in Germany.
In 2014 Maria founded the acclaimed Philharmonia Chamber Players that is still a successful venture in London’s musical scene taking place at the Royal Festival Hall. With a great passion for chamber music, Maria also toured Japan twice with her baroque group La Sfera Musicale to critical acclaim and released the CD “Baroque Dialogues” on Waon Records.
She attended Masterclasses with Ralph Kirschbaum, FransHelmersson, David Geringas, Truls Mørk, among others; festivals where she performed include Paxos music festival in Greece, Mendelssohn on Mull inScotland and Holland Music Sessions. She also obtained a Winter residency at the Banff Center of Arts in Canada and a semester at the University of Bloomington in the US.
Maria is currently both teaching privately as well as at the Royal College of Music in London as assistant Professor in Melissa Phelps' class. She is playing on a F. Ravatin cello kindly loaned to her from the Jaernaker Foundation in Sweden.