Lithuanian pianist Marija Stručkova is active as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, and has won numerous accolades at international piano competitions and festivals. After receiving her master’s in piano performance at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Marija worked as a repetiteur at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre as well as the Vilnius City Opera. In 2014, she was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to study a Master’s in Repetiteurship under the tutelage of Paul Plummer and Jonathan Plowright. In 2016/17, Marija was a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist where she worked on La bohème and Le nozze di Figaro, as well as playing with the Scottish Opera Orchestra in productions of Bluebeard’s Castle and Glass’s The Trial. Most recently, Marija worked on Opera North’s season of Six Little Greats, where she was chief repetiteur for Osud and Cavalleria rusticana.
Marija Stručkova with leader Jonathan Ware at the Samling Artist Programme Masterclass, November 2018. Photo credit: Mark Savage.
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Samling Institute for Young Artists—through performance and learning opportunities—nurtures young classical singers and piano accompanists. From students to emerging professionals, hundreds of young artists have benefited since the charity was founded in 1996. They see their time with Samling Institute as a springboard and inspiration.