Pianist and composer Priya Mayadas' playing has been described as “hauntingly beautiful...revel[ing] in the musical colors and shades" (The Statesman), and as “radiant, spiritual and eloquent” (NY Concert Review), “full of breadth and impassioned fervor” (The Strad). Ms. Mayadas “vividly evokes the emotions" of the work (New York Times) and her “persuasive and sympathetic playing... clearly indicates pianism of the first rank” (the Independent). She has given solo recitals and performed throughout the U.S., including at the Ravinia Festival Rising Stars Series, Caramoor Festival, Dame Myra Hess Debut Recital Series, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Morgan Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Hall and Jordan Hall, and on tour in Asia. She has performed as soloist with the New Jersey Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Macon Symphony, Eastern Music Festival orchestra, among others. Her concerts have been broadcast on WGBH in Boston, WFMT in Chicago and WXXI in New York, and her own composition aired on WQXR radio in New York City. Born into a family of concert pianists in India, Ms. Mayadas began playing Mozart melodies by ear at age three, performed in public at age four, and at age nine became one of the youngest winners of a BMI Student Composer Award for her string quartet. She has received awards and top prizes from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, The Abby Whiteside Foundation, Artists International, the New Jersey Governor’s Arts Education Award Council, and ASCAP. A student of Peter Serkin, John Corigliano, Miriam Gideon and Patricia Zander, she graduated from New England Conservatory with honors and distinction, winning the school’s concerto competition. Ms. Mayadas is founder of the Concerto Project, a charitable trust dedicated to creating, promoting and sustaining new works for our 21st century repertoire.