Maria Hiteva (Maria Valeria – as a lot of people know her) is a musician with a physically powerful classical piano background. She has often been portrayed as a spirited soulful musician with an intellect of a “jazzer” and compassion of a rocker.
In 2000 Maria created her first album ‘Waiting’ – purely acoustical and unplugged – 16 vocal-piano covers of admired Jazz standards. Such as ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’, ‘Wave’ and ‘Night and Day‘.
The album is available on:
Maria has been composing songs and instrumental piano pieces since 2000. She has been co-writing with other musicians and composers, some of them authors of popular hits, such as Barry Mason (Delilah, The Last Waltz, etc.), Norman Hale (member of Tornados), Anthony Tester (author of children’s musicals and pop-jazz music), etc.
In 2003 Maria took part in the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angelos, USA.
In 11 different instrumental and vocal categories Maria was rewarded with 2 Overall Awards ‘Champion of the World 2003’ in the category “Contemporary Vocals” and “Original Piano” plus 6 other additional awards on other contemporary music categories.
In November’ 2003 MV played the famous LUCERNE PIANO FESTIVAL in Switzerland participating in the new “Off-Stage Festival”, together with six other premier jazz pianists of the U.S.A and Europe. She took part in it again in November’2009.
Willy Bischof, one of the best known radio personalities in Switzerland and a highly esteemed music critic, wrote about her songs:
“They have that instantaneous feel – in these times more and more lacking – ear-catching quality, blending jazz and pop and her classical background into a fascinating mixture“.
Maria Hiteva is currently living in Norway – Ålesund – the Venice of the North, as some people like calling it. She writes and performs her own music, teaches piano and voice, instructs choirs and vocal ensembles.