Dr Maria Stratigou studied at the Conservatory of Athens, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), where she completed her PhD Performance Aspects of Louise Farrenc’s Piano Études, being a scholar of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit foundation, the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership and the RNCM. She is currently a teaching associate (Performance) at the University of Sheffield. Stratigou has given lecture-recitals and paper presentations at numerous international conferences, and in February 2020 she organised the conference Musical Women in Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century at the RNCM.
In December 2018 she was awarded the First Student Prize for her paper and presentation Performing Louise Farrenc’s Piano Études at the Into the Unknown conference at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Stratigou is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Eleni Tim. Mykoniou Prize for Piano (Academy of Athens, 2013) and First Prizes at the Jock Holden Memorial Mozart Piano Prize Competition at the RCS (2008) and various Panhellenic piano competitions.
Stratigou has performed across the UK, Italy, the Czech Republic and Greece. She has given the world premieres of George N. Gianopoulos’s Five Pieces for Solo Piano, Op. 15, and Fantasy Nocturne for Solo Piano, Op. 17, Errikos Vaios’s 3 and Dimitris Minakakis’s Metamorphoses for Piano.