Lyric Opera of Chicago

Maureen Zoltek

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Maureen Zoltek, in her second year as the Ryan Opera Center pianist, joined San Francisco Opera in the spring of 2013 to prepare Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (world premiere). Zoltek, who has served as an orchestral pianist with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, has performed with such major conductors as Boulez, Conlon, Dudamel, Dutoit, Gilbert, and Gergiev. She has premiered works by two former CSO composers-in-residence, Augusta Read Thomas and Marc Anthony Turnage. A past participant in the programs of the Music Academy of the West (2010, 2012) and the Aspen Music Festival and School (2009), Zoltek holds a master's degree in Piano Performance and Musicology from Roosevelt University and a bachelor's degree in Piano Performance from DePaul University. She recently completed her D.M.A. at the Manhattan School of Music; her doctoral thesis examined Alan Louis Smith's 2008 chamber work entitled Vignettes: Covered Wagon Woman. Zoltek has received a Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellowship as well as merit scholarships throughout her educational career. The winner of the pianist division of the 2012 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, she has participated in "The Song Continues" series held annually as part of the Marilyn Horne Legacy at Carnegie Hall. She served on the Lyric Opera Music Staff in last season's production of La clemenza di Tito and will help prepare this season's production of Tosca.

Maureen Zoltek is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor.

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