Born in the USA of Thai and Indian parentage, pianist Marisa Gupta made her debut playing Prokofiev’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including top prizes at the International Concours Maria Canals in Barcelona, the Viotti Competition in Vercelli, a Fulbright Scholarship for studies in the UK, a Solti Foundation Award, and first prize in the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist’s Competition. She was also a finalist for the BBC New Generations Thinkers, an Edison Visiting Fellow at the British Library and was awarded Artist Residencies at Yellow Barn, one of America's most important centres for chamber music, in 2016 and 2017. Marisa is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
As a soloist and chamber musician she has appeared at renowned venues including the Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música, The Southbank Centre, The Bridgewater Hall, Bucharest’s Ateneul Roman, The Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, The Kings Place, Paris’s Théâtre Adyar, LSO St. Luke’s and venues throughout Europe and America. Festival appearances include the Chicago Symphony’s Ravinia Festival, The City of London Festival, Prussia Cove, the Three Choirs Festival, the English Music Festival, Festival Consonances, and many others. As a chamber musician she has collaborated with renowned musicians including Stephen Kovacevich, Lynne Dawson, Truls Mork, Philippe Graffin, Chen Halevi, Gerard Caussé, Juliette Hurel, Marie-Luise Nunecker, Thomas Meglioranza, Mats Lidstrom, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Her performances have been heard on BBC Radio 3, Netherlands Radio 4, Catalunya Música, KUHF radio in Houston, as well as performing in John Bridcut’s BBC TV4 documentary Delius: Composer, Lover, Engima.
She has given premieres of works by Philippe Hersant, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ned Rorem, David Matthews, James Francis Brown, Alan Mills, Robin Walker, and Peter Fribbins. As a prize-winner in the Concours Maria Canals, Marisa began programming the music of the Catalan composer Frederic Mompou while performing prize concerts in Catalunya. Entranced by the understated beauty of his music, she completed DMus research under the supervision of Barry Ife at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after being asked to give the UK premiere of a selection of recently discovered pieces by the composer, discovered only after his widow’s death in 2008. Her exploration into the performance of Mompou’s music will be the center of a future CD project, as well as a series of forthcoming radio programmes in collaboration with Catalunya Música, to be broadcast throughout the EBU.
Recent and upcoming projects include explorations of Elgar and Ravel (supported by a British Library Edison Fellowship), performances of works by Ramon Humet (composer in residence at The Palau de la Música) and Jean Frédéric Neuburger, as well as appearances in France, the US and the UK, including concerts at the Bridgewater Hall, the Barber Institute, LACMA (Los Angeles), and LSO St Luke’s.
Marisa studied with Maria Curcio and Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music. She completed the prestigious Diplôme de Soliste at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, studying with Pascal Devoyon. Other important mentors include Richard Goode, Anne Queffélec Horacio Gutierrez, and Joan Havill.