B i o g r a p h y
Pianist Mary Towse-Beck has been a performing artist for over twenty-five years. She has captured the praise of critics and audiences with her sensitive and lyrical playing. Equally at home as both soloist and collaborative artist, she has performed throughout Europe, Australia and the United States. She has been a featured artist on Australian National Radio and on public radio in the United States.
After having lived in England for twenty years, Mary returned to the United States in 2007 and now resides in New Hampshire. In April, 2015, she performed a solo recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Other recent highlights include appearing as soloist with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and the release of her CD, 'The Impressionists'. She is pianist for the Aliento Chamber Players who both perform and educate throughout New England. Along with her performing career, Mary maintains a private studio in her home. She has also been a lecturer at Northern Essex College and a music director for Great Bay Youth Orchestra. She has a keen interest in developing and nurturing the talents of young musicians and continues to work toward providing opportunities for youths in New Hampshire.
Mary received her Masters and Bachelors of Music from Indiana University where she studied with James Tocco and Edward Auer and also received coaching from many renowned teachers including Josef Gingold, Janos Starker and Gyorgy Sebok. She attended Eastman School of Music as an undergraduate studying with Rebecca Penneys, after having studied with Jerome Rose at Bowling Green State University. After completing her Masters, she continued her studies in London with Norma Fisher and Benjamin Kaplan.
Mary has recently released a new CD, The Impressionists, which includes works of Ravel, Debussy and Charles Griffes. It is available on Amazon, iTunes and CDBaby and has recently been reviewed on musicweb.com :