Maryam Raya Kheirbek
is internationally recognized for her dynamic stage presence and creative versatility. Born in Washington D.C. to a family of doctors, she gave her first public recital at the age of nine, and made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of sixteen. A prizewinner of numerous competitions and audience awards, she has made solo appearances in venues which include Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, The National Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Tenri Cultural Institute, Greenwich House Music School, The National Opera Center, The Kosciuszko Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the Embassy of Poland, the Embassy of France, and others. In addition to her appearances in the United States, she has performed on international stages in countries which include France, Italy, China, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Dubai. Maryam has performed actively in festivals since the age of eleven, most recently including a guest artist residency at the Alion-Baltic International Music Festival, the International Piano Festival in Pineto, Italy, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy in Beijing, China, Tanglewood Music Center, among others. A graduate of both the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Natalya Antonova and the Dual-Degree Program at the University of Rochester, Maryam holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in piano performance and English Literature, all three of which she completed in six years. She also holds a second Master's degree in performance as well as piano pedagogy from New York University. Her literary work culminated in a thesis on the oeuvre of metaphysical poets John Donne and Andrew Marvell, as well as an exploration into redefining the metaphysical in the 21st century with noted author and Renaissance scholar Kenneth Gross. Maryam Raya Kheirbek serves on Adjunct Faculty in Piano at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is a passionate advocate of community inclusion into the arts, and organizes recitals in public schools and homes throughout all New York City boroughs. Maryam especially commands the repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries, through which she specializes in integrating performances of newer works with visual arts and poetry as a means of communicating and connecting with audiences of diverse backgrounds.