Artist statement

As a musician, I was born when I was five, when my parents gave me a toy piano for my birthday. It wasn’t long before I found my first loves: the music of Bach and Bartok that have influenced me ever since. Perpetually fascinated by experimentation, I often enjoy collaborations with artists in other media and music genres. Indeed, exploration and inclusion are core goals that I have nurtured over the years, spanning the older and the newer, from classical and folk, to jazz and contemporary styles. Ranging at times from spacious and melodic, to loud and frenetic, my sound continues to change, along with my life, interests and inspiration.. 



Biography

Moira graduated in Classical Piano Performance at F. Torrefranca Conservatory in Italy in 2004, under the guidance of Paolo Subrizi. In 2009, she completed her Bachelor of Arts at University of Tor Vergata, with an Ethnomusicology thesis on Calabrian folk music and its traditions. Under the tutelage of Oscar award-winning composer Luis Bacalov, Moira studied film scoring at Siena's Accademia Chigiana. She further earned a scholarship to advance her studies as a pianist, composer and arranger at Berklee College of Music, and graduated in Professional Music in 2012.

Moira is currently working on 19twelve, a multidisciplinary performance project that explores the interrelation of Music with Dance and Visual Arts. The project features choreographer and dancer Megan Sipe, Quentin Chiappetta on sound and electronics, and video animation by Aaron Gonzalez. Moira has recorded for Steinway Spirio, and her solo album Imago, released in March 2016, was produced by Steinway & Sons recording label (Naxos distribution). In 2013, she released her debut album Lunaria, featuring Bruno Råberg on double bass and Marcello Pellitteri on drums.

Moira is a former faculty at Berklee College of Music. In 2016, she founded The Equinox Music Festival and co-directed with Stephany Tiernan. The festival – held on the first day of Spring – explored the vitality of classical music through a dynamic series of presentations, workshops and performances. That same year, Moira received the Berklee Faculty Fellowship Grant, which allowed her to study the music of Brazilian pianist and composer Francisca ‘Chiquinha’ Gonzaga. In 2013, she launched a workshop series called Improvisation for Classical Pianists, which focuses on the element of improvisation in classical music. She has presented the workshop in partnership with several educational institutions, including Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA and Valencia, Spain campuses) and Steinway & Sons (M. Steinert & Sons, Steinway Society of Puerto Rico).

Moira has enjoyed collaborations with oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen, Global Jazz Institute director Marco Pignataro, Grammy award winning clarinetist Kinan Azmeh (Silk Road Ensemble), among many others. She has performed at festivals (Villa Celimontana Festival, Newport Jazz Festival) concert halls (Steinway Hall, Steinert Hall, Bohemian National Hall, Berklee Performance Center), cultural spaces (Institute of Contemporary Art, French Cultural Center, Italian Cultural Institute, Goethe Institut, Steinway Society of Puerto Rico) and clubs (Regatta Bar, Ryles, Rockwood Music Hall, Cornelia Street Café).

Moira is a Steinway Artist and a Steinway Educational Partner.