Maria Bachmann is the Artistic Director of Telluride MusicFest in Telluride, CO, an annual festival which presents its' 13th year of programs in the summer of 2015. Bachmann's chamber group, Trio Solisti, is the founding ensemble of Telluride MusicFest and they perform with guest artists such as cellists Edward Arron and Matt Haimovitz, violists Richard O'Neill, Hsin-Yun Huang, Toby Appel and Kathryn Lockwood, violinists Jesse Mills and Ayano Ninomiya, and clarinetists Jon Manasse and David Krakauer.

Each year the festival presents chamber music concerts which encompass themes such as
Brahms and Romanticism (2015), From Russia With Love 2 (2014), Bohemians (2013), Vienna to Budapest (2012), and Vive La France (2011), among others.

Philip Glass was the composer-in-residence in 2009. The Glass String Sextet received its' world premiere at the festival and his Sonata for Violin and Piano (2008) written for Maria received its' Colorado premiere. In 2005, Pulitzer prize winning composer Paul Moravec was the composer-in-residence. The festival presented the Colorado premiere of his Pulitzer winning compostiion Tempest Fantasy written for Trio Solisti, and new works written for them including his Scherzo and B.A.S.S. variations.

The Festival offers diverse programming ranging from the great masterworks of chamber music to Klezmer arrangements and contemporary works.

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At WQXR in New York, the largest classical radio station in America, Maria was the Artistic Director of more than 40 one hour radio programs broadcast on WQXR’s ON A-I-R series, a series which featured Maria as a soloist, as violinist of her trio, and in performance with guest artists. The series was hosted by Tom Bartunek, President of WQXR, and aired from 1997-2000. Each show featured performances, interviews, and lecture/demos about the repertoire being performed.


Maria Bachmann has been the Artistic Director for Trio Solisti’s concert series at the Morgan Library in New York from 2001-2003. Those series included:

  • “Beethoven and Beyond” 2000-01- A six-part concert series at the Morgan Library focusing on the music of Beethoven and his influence on composers such as Schumann, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Mahler and Brahms. With pre-concert talks and demonstrations about the repertoire before each program.
  • “Classic Characters” 2001-02- A six-part concert series at the Morgan Library exploring the works and relationships of composers such as Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Smetana, Janacek, Turina, Poulenc, Schubert, Haydn, and Piazzolla, among others. The programs included pre-concert talks.
  • “Brahms Celebration” 2002-03 - A five-part concert series which celebrated the 170th anniversary of Brahms birth with performances of his chamber music. The series explored how Brahms was influenced by Beethoven, as well as his relationships with other composers such as Schumann, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, and Joachim. Those relationships and the influence of Hungarian music and musicians on Brahms output through his life was explored in pre-concert talks and demonstrations.


Ms. Bachmann was the Artistic Director for Trio Solisti’s residency at Adelphi University in New York, where the trio has been the ensemble- in-residence from 2002-2008, and again from 2012-2016. Each season, Trio Solisti performs a concert series at Adelphi University, and conduct master-classes, work with student composers, and give lecture/demos.