A contemporary cellist and champion of current music, Maria Hadge has been described as a “stunning” and “brilliant” musician, performing with a natural spunk.  A resident of Queens, NY, Maria has performed in venues around the city ranging from recital halls and churches to DIY venues. Her performances have also brought her across the northeast, Canada, and Europe, to festivals such as the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at Mass MoCA, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, Atlantic Music Festival, where she was part of the resident Contemporary Ensemble, and to the Klangspuren International Ensemble Modern Academy Festival in Austria.  

Her work with ensembles reflects her stalwart commitment to new music; the 2016-17 season has seen her play with groups including Ensemble Mise-en, ShoutHouse, Stark Raving, and Ghost Ensemble. She can also be heard playing around the city with String Orchestra of Brooklyn and The Chelsea Symphony, both of which perform modern works and new commissions for orchestra along with older masterpieces. In 2016, she focused much attention to her project Phoenix Quartet, which performed almost exclusively Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time and commissioned works inspired by it.  In past seasons, Miss Hadge also played in productions of Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and the new musical Marry Harry, and was honored to play a condensed Handel oratorio with the Mark Morris Dance Group for Parkinson's Disease as part of a grant from Google Glass.  

Miss Hadge is a Presser Scholar and recipient of the President's Award for the Purchase College Conservatory of Music.  She earned a BM with a History Minor from Purchase College, where she studied with Julia Lichten, and Miss Hadge recently completed a Masters Degree in Contemporary Performance from Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Fred Sherry.

Away from the instrument, Maria Hadge enjoys kickboxing, puzzles, board games, and reading big books about American history.  Currently, she is in the middle of Ron Chernow's Washington.  She also works with kids after school teaching chess, percussion, and science.

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