Personal Interests 

I have many colourful opinions which you might wish to get out of me one night at the pub.

I believe that mushrooms are sacred and the prophets of our futures and that living is made in a multiplicity of collaborations. 

In my spare time I co-edit the online discursive arts magazine the-Mass, and help out with the Mopomoso improvisation TV series. 

I am currently working on a large series of knit vagina self portraits, which my flat mates seem to be be worrying might take over the house. 

I have a cat named Brutus and my piano’s name is Galina. 


Maria began as a classical pianist, studying at Laguardia Highschool  often known for it's representation in the 'Fame' movies. She then moved to the UK to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she gained both her Undergraduate (hon. first class) and Masters degree. She is now a PhD candidate at Huddersfield University under the ERC funded project IRiMaS .

Maria has won several awards including the Governors Recital Prize and the New Piano Stars competition. She has been supported by the Dewar Awards and Creative Scotland. 

Education and Awards

Maria Sappho (improviser, pianist, and researcher) works with verbatim collaborative theatrical storytelling with strong perspectives on naturemythologyfeminism, and community. She is a current PhD Candidate at Huddersfield University, on the European Research Council project IRiMaS (Interactive Research in Music as Sound). She is an international performer having played at Museum of New and Old art (Tasmania), Glasgow Jazz Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival, and is the winner of the New Piano Stars competition. She has worked with numerous ensembles including the BBC Scottish symphony orchestra, the Australian Art Orchestra, the Instant Composers Pool, and is a current member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. Maria helps with Mopomoso TV, runs the Feminist Free Improvisation archive, an is also the co-editor of the discursive political magazine the-MASS . 

Please read any of the other sections on this page if you have any more specific interests! 



  •   Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra 

  •   Zorya is a 6 year duo with the soprano and sound artist Katie Oswell

  •  BaVa is a electronic visual art duo with Rebecca Gibson, the group usually work and gain inspiration from dancers. 

  • KUI with composer, pianist and artist Henry McPherson. 

  • Tonotopy an almost 4 year collaboration on image to sound with visual artist Gino Ballantyne. 

  • Maria's academic collaborations include her work with phycologist Claire Ruckert, together they research the psychophysiological responses in improvisational practice. 

  • Maria is also a Founding member of the young artist collective EAST (Experimental Artists Social Theatre) for interdisciplinary experimentations. 

  • Brutalust is a duo with percussionist and composer Colin Frank

  • Mariabrice Sapphocatherin is a duo with Brice Catherin (Composer/Cellist)

  • the Noisebringers is an international improvisation series run by Maria, Brice, and Henry

  • with Kate Steenhauer an audio visual duo

  • with Raymond MacDonald a zoom duo of magic

Undergoing PhD at Huddersfield University under the ERC funded project IRiMaS (interactive research in music as sound) headed. Supervised by Michael Clarke, and Amanda Bayley. My PhD is called 'The Improvisers Cookbook' and to explain it briefly it looks to re-define the logic systems we use when considering experimental and contemporary art practices.