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Maria Mo

Piano Lessons | Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring

  • Qualifications: Postgraduate diploma, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna/Master of Arts in Piano Performance, Vienna Conservatory/Master of Music (1st Class Hons.), University of Waikato
  • Pricing: $70/hr
  • Styles: Classical piano performance
  • Suitability: Grade 5 and above


Korean-Kiwi pianist Maria Mo has been making her presence known as a performer around the country for many years, having toured with Opus Orchestra, Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra, Auckland Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Music New Zealand. She has performed in New Zealand, the UK, Switzerland and Austria, including festivals such as ‘Semaine Internationale de Piano’ (Hindemith Foundation, Switzerland), Edinburgh Fringe, and the Gesellschaft für Musiktheater (Vienna, Austria). She completed her Master of Music (1st Class Hons.) degree at the University of Waikato as a full Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship and Hillary Medal recipient under Katherine Austin.

In 2013 Maria returned to New Zealand from Vienna, Austria, where she completed a Master of Arts in Piano Performance from the Vienna Conservatory ( with top marks, and a Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Music and Performing Arts (

In 2018, she commenced a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Waikato with Katherine Austin on a full scholarship.

Teaching Info

I have been teaching students of various levels and ages for over fifteen years. I believe that it is of utmost importance to instil a love of music from a young age and am always keen to share and expose my students to a variety of musical experiences by taking my students along to concerts and sharing our experiences afterwards.

A well-rounded musician is one that is able to balance expression and technique, as well as withstand the demands of public performance. Every year I provide my students with the opportunity to perform in an end-of-year recital, where they perform solo and in various other ensembles.

I believe exams are a good incentive to get one practising and covering a variety of pieces in detail, and am more than happy to assist my students with their certificates. As of 2018 I am accepting students at Grade 5 or above.

I specialise in university/conservatory audition preparations, and am available to give advice on how to apply for European institutions.

Lessons are conducted on a Kawai RX2 grand piano at my home in Hamilton, and are available in English/Korean/German.

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