Maria Grenfell (b. 1969) was born in Malaysia, and completed composition studies in Christchurch, New Zealand. She obtained a Masters degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and a Doctorate from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she was also a lecturer. Her teachers have included Stephen Hartke, Erica Muhl, James Hopkins and Morten Lauridsen, Joseph Schwantner and Samuel Adler. Maria Grenfell’s work takes much of its influence from poetic, literary and visual sources, and from non-Western music and literature. Her orchestral music has been commissioned, performed or recorded by all the major symphony orchestras in Australia and New Zealand. Her chamber music has been performed by musicians such as members of eighth blackbird, the Australia Ensemble, the Vienna Piano Trio, New Zealand Trio and numerous other ensembles. Her work is broadcast regularly in Australia and New Zealand and is released on Kiwi-Pacific and Trust CDs, and her music is available from the Australian Music Centre, SouNZ New Zealand Music Centre and Reed Music.
Maria lives in Hobart with her husband, guitarist David Malone, and their two children, and is Senior Lecturer and Co-ordinator of Classical Music and Composition at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music.
Maria serves on the Board of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and is particularly involved in mentoring young composers through programs such as the TSO Composers’ School, the TSO Composer Project for Tasmanian composition students, and the Sydney Conservatorium’s National Women’s Composer Development Program. Maria has given guest lectures at the University of Houston, the University of Melbourne, and in Spring 2013 she was Visiting Professor of Composition at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.